I just read about a university student who was dismissed from the football team because he complained about the coach on his Facebook page.
And there, in this person’s unfortunate plight, we get a good reminder: a lot of what happens in social media feels private, but isn’t. It’s publishing.
It’s that feeling of private that gets people into trouble. Sort of like speaking quietly to the person next to you, you think, and then discovering there was a live microphone right there, turned on, blasting your remark to a room full of people.
Once you’ve published something via social media, you are responsible for what you’ve said. In many cases, you’re responsible forever.
If you insist on thinking of it as conversation, then think of it as conversation next to an open microphone in a room full of people.
So please. Be careful. It isn’t private.
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