by Roger Pynn
There’s a fascinating generational discussion going on in our office about the line between personal and professional as it relates to social media. It boils down to whether you can have a private life in these show-all, see-all digital environments.
There’s consensus across the generations that people need to use their heads when tweeting, posting to Facebook and other communities … and there are boundless examples of people – mostly young – who don’t seem to get that. Irreverent language is everywhere and personal rants that put the speaker at odds with people they have to do business with seem commonplace.
One of our team tweets for business but jealously protects her space on Facebook as a personal digital neighborhood. “Friends” have to be real friends and while she says there’s nothing she posts to Facebook she wouldn’t want to share … she simply doesn’t want to share her personal life in the business neighborhood.
I, on the other hand, think my gray hair has taught me there’s no difference. I can’t escape the business world I live in – nor do I want to – and whether it is online or at the supermarket, what I say is going to be heard and I have to temper it or prepare for deal with the reactions.
We are not born into our business lives, nor were we separated from them at the birth of social media.
What you say is what you get.