I’m a die hard sports fan, and like any die hard fan, I’m a little (a lot) biased about the teams I like. I have my opinions on what’s happening in a game, about how a player is performing, etc. If I come into work the morning after a big game, I spend time chatting with my supervisors about it, expressing how I feel about the game and the players. We’ll have a back and forth, sharing our views.
So if I can express my opinion this in conversation with my boss, why can’t I have it online?
That may be a specific example, but it shares the point well enough.
This has always been the way I run my Twitter account. If someone types my name into Google, it’s usually the first thing to pop up. I’m not trying to hide it from anyone. I know that when I’m working with new clients, or if I have a job interview coming up that my social networks are going to be inspected. That is why every time I write a new tweet, I think “would I want a client to see this?” before I hit send.
I have had supervisors follow me on social media, and I have found that most of them tend be more interactive with my style of tweeting, responding to my tweets and giving a counter-opinion.
It is important to remember that Twitter is designed to give users an online voice. No one should be scared to share an opinion on twitter they wouldn’t share in a room full of coworkers, provided, of course, that it is a concise, educated opinion.
Twitter is designed to be conversational, and that’s how it should be used. How you conduct yourself in these conversations is entirely up to you. Would you really feel safe posting a thought on the internet that you wouldn’t be willing to share in person with coworkers?