Careers Slideshow: Social Networking Without TearsBy 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.
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Show your boss or a potential employer that you're a thought leader by working to post frequent musings on your industry or niche.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Practice a little self control and limit your activity while at work.
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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.