Posted by Lindsay Scarpello
Social media is now. At least, that’s what all of your professors and nearly every media professional is telling you. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Digg or LinkedIn, social networking sites are the way to connect, personally and professionally. But what happens when the personal and professional become entangled?
In an article posted on Yahoo, Dawnmarie Souza, an employee at a Connecticut ambulance service, was fired for criticizing her supervisor on Facebook. The National Relations Labor Board is questioning whether or not this is legal in conjunction with workers’ speech rights. The company Souza was employed by is claiming that they had policies prohibiting employees from representing the company on any social media site.
In this day and age of branding yourself all over the Internet, what is appropriate to post? Perhaps Souza was testing the limit by boldly badmouthing her boss on her Facebook profile, but the line between what is okay and what isn’t is growing increasingly blurred, especially if you’re “friends” with coworkers or employers.
Facebook started as social networking for college students, and initially no one was worried about employers checking out their profile for incriminating evidence. Now, all we hear are cautionary tales on what to use social media for—even though it started as recreational.
What do you guys think? Would you ever feel like it’s safe to criticize your boss on a social media site? Where do we draw the line on what you should and shouldn’t post?