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MY SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY FOR THIS POINT IN MY LIFE December 5, 2008

Filed under: Corporate PR — lmjackson @ 4:58 am
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The policies I have right now, as a college senior will definitely be different from the social media policies that I have once I am in the career world.

1. Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect

I think an introduction would be very beneficial for me. When it comes to the few social media connections that I have, the majority of them are with individuals that I have never met. I am very new to the social media world and I am somewhat uneasy when it comes to people that I have never met before having access to all of my information. By just exchanging the basics (name, occupation, region, etc.) we are no longer strangers and we may actually be able to benefit each other in some way or another. In addition, introductions could take the networking aspect a little further because after going through the introduction process, I would actually know the person that I am connected with and this connection could grow into a possible job opportunity, friend, or any other relationship for that matter.   

2. Follow, add, friend: How do people become friends in a social media atmosphere?

I know that some networking sights have available options that set certain criteria a person must know before they can ask to become friends with you. For example if someone wanted to befriend me and I had this criteria activated they could possibly have to type in my last name, hometown, or any general information that would require them to have met me in order to have the option to send a connection request. This option would not be pertinent to use in a professional social media outlet because most of the connections on those sites are with individuals who have never met but are interested in the career field and the like. In other words, it all depends on the social media outlet that is being used.  

3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: What is mine is mine unless you have my permission.

These days everyone needs to be cautious when it comes to publishing personal information on the internet. There are a lot bad people that will take advantage of anyone and everyone that is not being careful. I think that every social media outlet should have privacy settings on every aspect of the site and they need to be easy to set and not have so many steps to activate. I know not everyone on the internet is a bad person but for every good person there is a bad person waiting to strike on an individual who is not being careful when it comes to the amount of information he or she is providing for the world wide web to see.  

4. Signal to noise: Do not care much about them.

If I am a part of a site that I am truly interest in I do not need an e-mail to tell me what I will eventually see when I access my profile for that site. I do realize that the updates can be turned off but somehow they still seem to send me updates when I do not care to receive them. Usually the last thing I check is my e-mail, because I spend the most time there responding to e-mails, so by this time I have already visited the other sites and do not need the e-mail telling me something that I have already seen. Updates can be useful but they can also be a pain when you receive a ton in one day.   

5. Personal data and sharing: Who I am looking to connect with

I enjoy meeting new people who have the same interest that I do. I am not looking to connect with anyone in particular just maybe some people who have a little insight to give a possible future PR professionals and what the job market is looking like. I also would be interested in connecting to those individuals who went to graduate school straight from undergrad because that is my plan as of right now. I would want to know their reasons, would they suggest others to do that, and any helpful advice they would be willing to share.

6. My networking needs and uses: Hardly existent

The only networking site that I visit frequently is the Facebook and that is to keep in contact with friends from high school and others that I don’t ever get to see. I know this is very sad considering all the technology that is available today. I have a profile on Twitter but I have not updated it in a long time because I do not ever think about it. I am not a fan a Twitter. I get that it is a great social media tool but I have no interest or spare time to sit down and read what people are thinking about at any given moment. The professional use of Twitter I do like because it could increase a brand’s image and it is also a great promotional tool. I hope that if I ever make it to the corporate world my views on social media will have changed and I will be able to embrace it and all its glory.

7. Your criteria here: Think before you write.

Once a document is published on the web, it is there to stay. Make sure that whatever you submit is something that you are willing to have read for years to come. Proofreading is necessary and that is one thing that I struggle with all the time. Every aspect of a document should be checked to make sure that it is relaying the exact message it was intended to. It is hard to put thoughts into words and your document may be agreeing with an idea but the wrong wording can completely turn the main idea around.

8. Your criteria here: Have respect for yourself and others and keep it clean

If you feel passionate about an issue, vulgar language is not the best way to show your passion. Using this type of language makes the originator of the document non-credible and most people do not want to read something that is full of profanity. One big thing is keep all risky pictures off the internet. I was listing to the radio the other day and the announcer was talking about how once a picture/anything is put into digital format it is almost impossible to erase. One rule that I have is if you cannot share something with your entire family that it should not be posted to the web for the world to see.    

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