Social media and your reputation

New Zealand’s OneNews has filed this brief but useful report on managing your reputation when using social media. They say

Throw away comments can quickly become problematic. People regard social media as a private conversation, but it never is private, regardless of what your settings are. The capacity to repost is always there.

They continue that people who post comments threatening violence when responding to a post that is upsetting can be unlawful. Although relating to the laws of New Zealand, there are some good pointers for everyone. View the 4 minute report here.

Where the real dangers lie in social networking use

US teacher librarian Doug Johnson has written an excellent post on where real and perceived dangers lie in social media use.

His grandson was concerned about serial killers tracking him down. But as Doug explains,

by far the most likely threat that Paul or any of us face in any online presence is what we do to ourselves by posting in thoughtless ways that may impact our reputations.

Often we overshare details of our lives that should never be published. We forget about these details and move on, yet they are there on the internet for anyone to find and draw conclusions from.

Read the whole post here. It’s brief and very worthwhile reading.

Social media and the four Rs

Jonathan Martin has recently written about the ‘four Rs of social media. They are as useful for adults as they are for young adults. They are:

a.  Respect.

Respect begins with the individual and extends to others online.

b. Responsibility.

The use of the internet and social media brings a lot of power that must be used responsibly.

c. Reputation.

Your digital footprint is a reflection of who you are and it will last forever.  Make sure that what is online is the type of reputation you can live with for many years to come.

d. Representation of self, family, friends, work, school, etc.

We are all part of a larger group, whether that be family, friends, workplace or school.  What we say and do does, to a degree, have a reflection on the groups that we are associated with.