How to Avoid Facebook Disaster

Since we’re on the topic of good office and freelance behavior, it would be remiss to leave out the rules of engagement when it comes to Facebook and work. We’ve all heard the horror stories–someone leaves a disparaging status update about their boss, and the next day they’re fired. Remember Heather Armstrong, who was promptly booted from her graphic design job after writing about work on her blog? More and more companies are paying attention to what’s said on the web–and finding out if their workers are the ones saying it.

Facebook can be especially dangerous because friends, family, and business contacts are often co-mingled. But you don’t have to give up on social media just to pursue your graphic design career. In fact, Facebook can be a really powerful tool when used correctly. So here are some tips on the best and worst ways to use FB.

5 Facebook Mistakes:

  • Spending work hours updating your status and posting pictures
  • Posting something your wouldn’t feel comfortable discussing in the lunchroom
  • Not keeping tabs on where you’re mentioned or tagged
  • Making personal gripes about your client/boss/cubicle neighbor public
  • Letting friends disclose personal information

5 Facebook Moves That Can Do You Good:

  • Joining graphic design professional groups
  • Sharing your portfolio and other design inspiration
  • Working your connections for job leads
  • Staying in touch with colleagues, professors, former clients
  • Setting up a professional page that’s separate from your private page
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