Netiquette for The Boss While on Twitter, Facebook, and Other Social Networks

by Joanna Pineda Posted on August 27, 2009

Book of Etiquette I was on LinkedIn yesterday and the LinkedIn search engine helpfully recommended a couple of people for me to add to my network.  The list included a couple of people who currently work at Matrix Group.  While it’s every CEO’s dream to have a large network, I did not invite the staff to get linked up.  Why?  Because I think that for bosses, managers,and CEOs, there are unwritten rules of netiquette. Here are some of the rules I abide by when using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks.

How about you?  What are the social networking etiquette rule that you live by?  Any lessons learned?

2 replies on “Netiquette for The Boss While on Twitter, Facebook, and Other Social Networks”

These are great rules for bosses but really for anyone to follow. I’ve seen people post updates and then remove them a few minutes later because they were too personal, nonsensical or just not really appropriate. That can be embarrassing and awkward. Learning the dos and dont’s of social networking can be tricky–I definitely make mistakes as well–and it’s frustrating to know that, as you pointed out, there’s probably an archive somewhere ready to remind me of my mistake later on.

I try to keep the mindset that what I post is available for anyone and everyone to see, despite my privacy and security settings. That way I stop and think, “Do I really want my boss/parent/future employer to see that?”

All three of my supervisors are Facebook friends with me, and two of them follow me on Twitter (and I follow them). I enjoy it, but sometimes it can be weird, so I definitely have learned to think before I type.

Katie, thanks for the great comment. I am Facebook friends with many of my staff and I love it. We comment on each other’s updates and links, we share photos, we tag each other, etc. The key thing is that they’re okay with this type of interaction, which is why I let them initiate the friending.

And yes, I operate under the assumption that anything I post online, regardless of privacy settings, is on some server, some back-up, somewhere, forever. I think it’s a good rule for e-mail as well. How many times have I been unintentionally copied on an e-mail because the person selected the wrong Joanna, or I get a response to a forward but wasn’t supposed to see the original e-mail? Yikes!

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