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November 2013
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People now spend more time online than watching television. And the top destinations are social media sites like Facebook. This month we look at the consequences of sharing too much personal information on social media and ways to protect yourself.

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Social Media Remorse Is Common 

Concerned WomenA momentary slip of the keyboard is creating day-after social remorse in young adults. One in four has regretted something they've posted online. See survey.

Careless Posts Can Create Nightmares

If you are still convinced social media is “just a fad,” here’s a wake-up call. The average time spent with digital media per day will surpass television viewing for the first time this year, according to eMarketer’s latest estimate of media consumption among U.S. adults. The average adult will spend more than five hours per day online or with other digital media, compared to four hours and 31 minutes with television.

Unfortunately, increased digital consumption also comes with a higher probability of operator error. The truth is, many people have posted something – a simple tweet or YouTube video – they wish they could take back. According to this 2011 info-graphic, 42 percent of corporations admitted they had to take disciplinary actions against employees misusing social media networks, up from 24 percent in 2009.

Heed the Top Eight Ways to Get Fired Using Social Media

More employers are looking at social media to determine the likelihood that potential candidates and existing employees will fit the organization. A survey from ExecuNet found that senior-level candidate rejections due to “digital dirt” have risen 92 percent since 2005, while a candidate’s job prospects improve when positive information is found online. Here are the top eight ways to get fired because of social media:

  1. Post off-color remarks
  2. Post confidential details
  3. Bad-mouth your clients
  4. Disrespect your employer
  5. Post inappropriate photos
  6. Create animated videos of your coworkers
  7. Talk trash about your boss
  8. Play hooky and boast about it

Social Media Can Compromise Insurance Claims, Credit Scores

In a recent interview with Edmunds.com, Frank Darras, an insurance attorney in Ontario, Calif., said, “Checking social media accounts has become one of the first things an insurance company or adjuster will do when you file a claim.” Darras says that in recent years it has become an industry standard for claims adjusters to seek out information that can help build a case to deny claims or lower payouts – and searching publicly available social media content makes the process easier. “Zip your virtual lip” after an accident, recommends one personal injury attorney.

CNNMoney reports that a handful of companies are now using social data to determine the risk of lending to people who have trouble securing credit. Social connections are considered a good or bad indicator of a person’s creditworthiness – so if friends are late paying back a loan, some lenders feel the apple must not fall too far from the tree.

Review the Top Five Tips for Managing Online Reputation

With the increasing risk of backlash from misusing social media, it’s a good idea to review expert advice for staying in the clear. Red Sage Communications has posted the top five tips for online reputation management. In brief:

  • Avoid posts about politics or religion
  • Don’t be overly negative or confrontational
  • Be cautious about posting pictures of partying or drinking
  • Don’t post negative commentary about your job, your company or your company’s customers
  • Don’t ever confuse personal with private

In other words, always assume that nothing you share online is private. So don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your mother, children, pastor or employer to see.


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