Social media can be fun! Facebook lets you connect with friends. Twitter allows you to voice your opinions. You can show off your life through Instagram pictures. Social media can also be your worst nightmare if you connect with the wrong people, voice bad opinions and risqué pictures.
Your life can change before your eyes if you are a federal employee with a social media account. The government recently passed a new policy where they will start scanning employees’ social media accounts. If you want to apply or re-apply for a security clearance, then you better make sure your Facebook account won’t get you into trouble.
Do you think this is an invasion of privacy or is this necessary to protect the government? Whether you work for the federal government or not, a bad social media account will hurt your future and career. Inbound Digital shared some statistics below.
Jennifer Lee Magas of Magas Media Consultants believes that you are your brand and you have to manage it successfully. To do this you should start by doing a basic search of your name on Google. Make sure anything you find about yourself is work appropriate. “Don’t rely only on privacy settings. Remove every potential inappropriate post or picture, and always keep language and grammar in mind.”
Don’t let a picture cost you your job. When was the last time you checked your social media conversations?