U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Internet
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-23-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Denver
9,357 posts, read 16,153,817 times
Reputation: 5632

Advertisements

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.


Quote:
Do employees have free-speech rights to publicly criticize their bosses or workplaces, especially in the social media age when venting on Facebook or Twitter has replaced traditional complaining around the water cooler?

The answer: Sometimes.

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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-23-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
18,647 posts, read 55,604,265 times
Reputation: 32685
"However, I have become pressured to start using Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ as method to share information in a timely matter with other professionals."

Pressured by who?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2014, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
11,858 posts, read 14,004,171 times
Reputation: 8087
Who cares who? Really irrelevant to the question.

Just do it and keep your personal opinions to yourself. I don't care if you hate the name, how bad would it look if someone noticed the guy that works for that company bad mouthed the name of the product? REALLY BAD.

In social media, as in life, this is still a good rule to follow: If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.

I may rant on my Twitter or Facebook, but NEVER about anything that happens at my job. Unlike some people I work with...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Denver
9,357 posts, read 16,153,817 times
Reputation: 5632
Quote:
Originally Posted by harry chickpea View Post
"However, I have become pressured to start using Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ as method to share information in a timely matter with other professionals."

Pressured by who?
Pressured by the ecosystem: freshness and speed of data exchange really. I now need these things.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Denver
9,357 posts, read 16,153,817 times
Reputation: 5632
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
Who cares who? Really irrelevant to the question.

Just do it and keep your personal opinions to yourself. I don't care if you hate the name, how bad would it look if someone noticed the guy that works for that company bad mouthed the name of the product? REALLY BAD.

In social media, as in life, this is still a good rule to follow: If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.

I may rant on my Twitter or Facebook, but NEVER about anything that happens at my job. Unlike some people I work with...
My job is to be a critical thinker... so I say bad things all day. But you are right, there is a threshold to what you can say, the record of authority becomes a legal thing on social web.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2014, 02:30 PM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

Over $104,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum and additional contests are planned
 
Location: Ohio
16,918 posts, read 33,678,451 times
Reputation: 13888
There are places in the workplace where one can share opinions about work issues freely. They're called meetings.

But some meetings include people who are either not receptive to or will react badly to negative messages. You learn fairly quickly not to share strong opinions at those meetings. The correct choices in that case are between not sharing at all and sharing tactfully.

When you share opinions on social media, those same people might be reading it, along with outsiders whose opinions you can only guess. The only good choices for strong, negative opinions in social channels are not sharing at all and sharing verrry tactfully. Social is absolutely the wrong place for bluntness.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
18,647 posts, read 55,604,265 times
Reputation: 32685
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mach50 View Post
Pressured by the ecosystem: freshness and speed of data exchange really. I now need these things.
Then stick to documentable facts on social media or develop a thick skin and response strategies. Speak as if you are in a goldfish bowl. Being a "subject matter expert" or "goto" person is not all that it is cracked up to be unless you can charge out the wazoo for it. Anyone with an aunt or uncle who can't understand computer basics will tell you that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-24-2014, 12:13 AM
FBJ
 
Location: Tall Building down by the river
39,614 posts, read 51,178,499 times
Reputation: 9451
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mach50 View Post
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.
Yes try using a fake name on social media.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-24-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Denver
9,357 posts, read 16,153,817 times
Reputation: 5632
Quote:
Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
Yes try using a fake name on social media.
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-24-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
15,210 posts, read 18,514,686 times
Reputation: 8057
Not sure what the problem is here. I get that you don't particularly want to use these services, but if it's a job requirement, then it's a job requirement. You don't have to pour your whole life out, though, just because other people do. Sign up with your work email, use it for business purposes, and don't worry about it. If you don't give yourself the opportunity to screw up and post something you shouldn't, you won't.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Internet
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top