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Old 12-24-2014, 11:58 AM
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That defeats the purpose on twitter, linkedin, and Google+ which are for professional relationships.

I am just going to avoid opinion pieces on these all together.
We are not talking about professional accounts
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:22 AM
 
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Always respond as if you are talking to your boss.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Best rule of thumb is that if there is anyone that you wouldn't want to see it, don't put it in print.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Always respond as if you are talking to your boss.
Yep.

"Free speech?" Sure. It is an inalienable right, granted at your creation. No one can take that away. Indulge as desired. Be courageous, while being cognizant that there may be consequences to gratuitous free speech indulgence that aggravates or embarrasses people. You made that bargain when you went on the payroll.

"Free employment?" No one has that assurance. Two completely unrelated concepts.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I am not a big fan of Social Media, which is strange to a lot of people because I work as a "Cloud Architect" developing these services. I prefer a private life and have managed to keep it that way for 20+ years in my career. However, I have become pressured to start using Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ as method to share information in a timely matter with other professionals.

I have to say I am not comfortable with it. I am a very honest person and state my opinion openly... I feel like this is going to get me in trouble at work with Social media.

Are there any lines/protective laws to what I can post about and not get fired?

For example, I **HATE** the name of our new software product...so much that I almost posted about it on Twitter under my personal account. But I stopped myself because I really believe it could get back to the CEO as bad press... and I could possibly be held responsible. It's a delicate balance and again I am not really comfortable with it.





Social media free speech rights complicated for workers

Anyone else dealing with this? I would love to get my name out there as a Subject Matter Expert in the field, but liability is very high for me.
Social media is just a tool. How you use it is a different story. Your ability/inability to use it appropriately has nothing to do with the quality/effectiveness of the tool.

If you're being asked to utilize these tool for professional purposes, then simply leave out your personal information, opinions, etc. If you can't refrain from doing that, that's on you, not your employer.
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Old 12-31-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Social media is just a tool. How you use it is a different story. Your ability/inability to use it appropriately has nothing to do with the quality/effectiveness of the tool.

If you're being asked to utilize these tool for professional purposes, then simply leave out your personal information, opinions, etc. If you can't refrain from doing that, that's on you, not your employer.
It's about finding that line of what is too strong of an opinion that I am asking about. I think for now I am going to keep things very light and just stay technical.

There was a topic on Twitter about our new product name, many people think it is ambiguous and easily misinterpreted of what the product does. Some guys I know from the company were commenting and I almost did as well. Glad I didn't though because I can see being reprimanded.
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Old 12-31-2014, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Always respond as if you are talking to your boss.
Sound advice, this is how I will treat it.

I just think it is intrusive on personal rights that what you say on social media on your own time, can actually get you fired.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:46 PM
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Sound advice, this is how I will treat it.

I just think it is intrusive on personal rights that what you say on social media on your own time, can actually get you fired.
Not if you don't use your real name and or a photo of yourself
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Old 01-01-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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It's about finding that line of what is too strong of an opinion that I am asking about. I think for now I am going to keep things very light and just stay technical.

There was a topic on Twitter about our new product name, many people think it is ambiguous and easily misinterpreted of what the product does. Some guys I know from the company were commenting and I almost did as well. Glad I didn't though because I can see being reprimanded.
Just so I understand - so basically you are part of the team that manages/monitors your company's twitter feed. And in this example, you're seeing consumers/clients that posts things like "your new product name is lame" or something to that effect?

Regardless of how you personally feel, you are representing your employers on that feed. So yes, you would avoid expressing your personal opinion (and honestly, there should be a social media policy that provides guidance on this). If you are not sure how to respond (or if it even warrants a response) you should talk to your manager/team lead.


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Sound advice, this is how I will treat it.

I just think it is intrusive on personal rights that what you say on social media on your own time, can actually get you fired.
You have every right to say whatever you want on your own time. That said, your employer has every right to fire you if they feel the relationship is no longer beneficial (outside of unlawful reasons). In other words, they are not suppressing your right to post on social media, but exercising theirs to protect their intellectual property / reputation.

Every action has a consequence.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:10 PM
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Just so I understand - so basically you are part of the team that manages/monitors your company's twitter feed. And in this example, you're seeing consumers/clients that posts things like "your new product name is lame" or something to that effect?

Regardless of how you personally feel, you are representing your employers on that feed. So yes, you would avoid expressing your personal opinion (and honestly, there should be a social media policy that provides guidance on this). If you are not sure how to respond (or if it even warrants a response) you should talk to your manager/team lead.




You have every right to say whatever you want on your own time. That said, your employer has every right to fire you if they feel the relationship is no longer beneficial (outside of unlawful reasons). In other words, they are not suppressing your right to post on social media, but exercising theirs to protect their intellectual property / reputation.

Every action has a consequence.


How do they find out? Do these people include in their facebook profile where they work and have coworkers have Facebook friends?
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