Faced Out

I have a senior executive friend who belongs to all the networking websites as part of his job. Lately, through Facebook, he is discovering what fellow employees are thinking and feeling about work – good things – and not-so-good things. I have another friend whose teenage daughter is on Facebook. She feels like a spy when she reads about her daughter’s social life. And then there’s my always-dating friend, who inevitably finds the way to her ex’s Facebook wall, during those “drunken dial” moments.

Oh, the wonders of the digital age– communication in nanoseconds, social networking sites that allow us to reconnect with old colleagues and friends, the list goes on and on. But, this glut of unchecked information can also have its downside. There is no Internet Board declaring what can be said and not said—it is up to us as individuals to monitor what we write about others and ourselves, realizing what we say may have unintended consequences. Let’s face it, sure we have the right to say what we want to say, but we have to be conscious that anything we write, especially in an open internet forum, can be seen and may be interpreted differently by someone else. We must not blur the boundaries between social networking, work, and ethical responsibilities; otherwise, we face the risk of losing something or someone very valuable, all for a status update.

Hope you are facing up, not out!

All my best,

Aruna

P.S.  Check out The Femme Network where this article may also be read. Direct link here: http://www.thefemmenetwork.com/tfn.php?cent=view_news&nid=128.

” The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. “

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