Careers Slideshow: Social Networking Without Tears

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 10-14-2009

Social Networking Without Tears

If your boss does allow Facebooking or Tweeting on company time, limit messages to friends and family during those hours. Connect instead with fellow IT pros and catch up on industry news.

Social Networking Without Tears

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 2

Show your boss or a potential employer that you're a thought leader by working to post frequent musings on your industry or niche.

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 2

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 3

Cas Purdy of Purdy PR, calls this his "Don't Twitter while you're bitter" rule. It's hard to take back harsh words, so think carefully about spewing negativity.

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 3

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 4

Don't get yourself into trouble because you didn't know company policy regarding Tweets at work or because you didn't think you'd get caught sneaking a peek at your Facebook profile during some downtime.

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 4

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 5

Familiarize yourself with privacy settings to make sure that compromising personal details or pictures can't be seen by the boss or the office blabbermouth. Or better yet, don't post that stuff in the first place.

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 5

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 6

Practice a little self control and limit your activity while at work.

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 6

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 7

Timestamps make it easy to check up on the type of activity you're into while in the office. Bosses don't like being notified that you've leveled up in Mafia Wars when a big software milestone is due.

Social Networking Without Tears - Page 7