if you know me in real life like most of my friends do, you'd know that i am always the last person to jump in any social media bandwagon. you might ask, "but you have a blog?!" yes, that is true but the blog didn't happen until years later either. when everyone was on friendster (remember when it still existed), i was still on e-mail and text messaging. then myspace came along. i finally signed up for friendster. then facebook was the in thing. i was still dealing with myspace. when twitter was starting up, i decided to sign up for facebook but did not put a profile picture or any other information five months later. so, now i got facebook, sure, why not blog, right? it's like pulling teeth with me and social media. if it weren't for my friend leesh, i wouldn't be on twitter. that was 2010.
my work doesn't have a strict policy about social media, but with the obvious, since i work with children and families, we strongly object to any of our staff becoming social media friends with the families we serve. that is just a straight up boundary that needs to be established. for myself, i am friends with my fellow administrators, but not with my staff who i supervise. my twitter account is mostly people i know back home in l.a. and my dearest blogger friends. i may have a few scragglers who aren't from those circles, but they're pretty cool people, in my opinion. i don't really tend to go with the higher number of followers because i kinda like being able to "talk" to all of them, so i'm not sure if it'll be the same if i had 700 followers.
my friends on the other hand who live in l.a. (they all work for the same corporate company), has very strict rules and i never really realized how social media could highly impact someone else's job. they work for a firm who deals with high profile clients in los angeles, so social media is a no-no. what does that mean? no facebook or twitter at all? well, within limits. very limited limits. they have facebook, but their friends are really pretty much close knit family or people like me who don't live within the area. otherwise, for them, if they see you often, they don't need you to be on their facebook or twitter. they have a profile picture, and some information like school they graduated from but no other photos - especially those photos when you can't remember anything, y'all know those moments? yea, those moments, or even if they're staged. why do you ask? should their clients feel inadequate on the service they receive, they could potentially use facebook or twitter against them and the company. if you know l.a. like i do, every one is entitled to sue anybody. it's just the way it is.
sometimes it sucks for me because they are my best friends from college and of course, when i am back home in l.a. and we kick it, i want to share photos with you all - no can do, for that same reason. one of my friends on twitter decided to follow one of them (they don't know each other) only because of the lakers, my friend (from college) blocked the request. yea, that's just how crazy it can be at their work. don't know you? you'll out of sight, out of mind, out of their social network.
does you work care about social media?
does your work have strict rules about it?