Personal Statements on Social Media [alert]

Caution:   anything personal statement on any social media platform can become an issue of controversy.   Yes the universe wants to hear from you, but use some sense and caution, particularly if you are feeling strong emotions at the time.

Example:  if you appear to publicly criticize your employer’s big client (here it was publishing a white paper), you might find from a press release you’ve been fired.

Example:  if you criticize others in your profession on Facebook,  say a nurse grieving after her grandfather’s death, referring to “subpar care”,  a $26,000 fine will put your fellow nurses on notice, to avoid disparaging your profession.

Any suggestions?  Why yes –

  1. Save a draft and let it simmer a bit before releasing to public view.   Most blogs have a “schedule the post” feature so you can modify your words before they go out to the world.  I use this all the time.   I don’t think Facebook has a “save draft” option for individuals.
  2. If you have a narrow audience (say friends and family), you don’t have to open your entire social media life to the entire world.     If you upload a video to youtube, you have the choice of “private” (only those individuals can see, up to maybe 50 identified users), “unlisted” (only those people who have the link can view), and finally “public” (which is fine if you are producing a video for global entertainment and to build up your business).
  3. “Mom always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say, shut up.”  or some variant of that.    I learned a better set of rules from Ronnie Millar (Executive Director of IIICenter) many years ago — if not Yes to all three, don’t say it:

Before you say anything, ask yourself these three questions:
=== is it True?
=== is it Necessary?
=== is it Kind?