Here are a few truths about work and social media sites to keep in mind to avoid damaging your career.

Here are a few truths about work and social media sites to keep in mind to avoid damaging your career

Facebook Etiquette – Why You Shouldn’t Friend Your Boss.

We’ve all heard of, or perhaps lived through, an embarrassing Facebook misstep. An incriminating photo, perhaps a vent that went a tad too far. And while knowing how to save your job after a Facebook screw up is smart info to keep handy, just as important is avoiding the Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn faux pas in the first place. According to a new handbook on business etiquette for the digital age, more than three quarters of H.R. folks say a technology etiquette misstep can be a career killer.

Your boss probably doesn’t want to be your Facebook friend (and neither does your client). Your boss may be all about creating a collegial and supportive work environment, but that doesn’t mean she wants to friend you on Facebook. 

According to staffing firm Robert Half, which produced the new handbook, only 10 percent of bosses said they would be “very comfortable” friending their direct reports. Another 27 percent of bosses squirmed that they would only be “somewhat comfortable” to have that social network connection (similarly, 15 percent of the executives surveyed said they would be “very comfortable” with having their boss friend them, and 23 percent said they’d be “somewhat comfortable” with this).

On LinkedIn, less is more. Do you suffer from “network envy,” the insatiable desire to have more LinkedIn connections than your archrival sitting in the adjacent cubicle? Get over yourself. 

Good business etiquette it is smarter to focus on quality over quantity. That is also a smart way to avoid falling victim to a “hyper networker” who wants to data mine your profile info and that of your friends’. If you do have a distant connection asking you for an introduction to someone else in your network, it bears mentioning to think twice before you say yes. It’s your rep you’re putting on the line for someone you don’t even know.

Study the tweeting habits of your Twitter “Twibes.” Twitter can indeed be a great professional tool, if you figure out how to connect and effectively communicate with the right people. Use the Twitter search function to look for other folks in your line of work (“twibes” is Twitter-speak for groups with similar interests). Then just be an observer for a while to figure out how people in your industry use Twitter. 

The etiquette police- Susie Wilson, recommends using services such as TweetDeck to make it easier to follow along. One of the best ways to ingratiate yourself to someone you’d love to suck up to is to retweet their posts. Once you start tweeting yourself, limit your tweets to useful actionable advice or information that your business connections will actually value. And don’t feel compelled to follow everyone who follows you; it’s worse form if you end up wanting to unfollow someone later.

Put down the device in meetings. This is one of those ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mismatches. obvious point that checking any device during a meeting is really bad form, yet 45 percent of marketing executives surveyed. No matter what sort of rock star you think you are, annoying the boss is always bad form.

Susie Wilson- The modern authority on all matters etiquette, taste and achievement.


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