Hmmm…good question. Nowadays, we as a global society are connected in so many more ways than we were just a decade ago. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. have expanded our social networking web, both in our personal and professional arenas. Privacy is possible nowadays, but it’s becoming increasingly challenging to keep things strictly private or personal. Social networking sites do have customized privacy settings that allow users to protect their privacy to a certain extent, however, the line between the personal and professional are becoming more blurred and meshed together, according to social media expert Heather Mansfield. As a social media manager, especially in nonprofit settings, blending your personal and professional lives online is something that has to be done in order to be the best advocate for the cause and the nonprofit agency, according to Heather Mansfield. She says “privacy is not dead as long as you are willing to take responsibility for it and take steps to protect it”.
Personally, I think that privacy is possible, but from personal experience, it’s becoming harder to maintain it. For example, I had deleted my MySpace account over a year ago, and recently, I decided to google my name, just to see what would come up. And guess what I found? My MySpace account! All my pictures and information were still there. I’m still baffled and angry about it. I say that if you wouldn’t want your boss or employer finding out about something that has grounds to get you dismissed or fired, then don’t post it. Even if it’s a strictly personal Facebook or other social media page, I personally would be very hesitant to post something too personal on it. My take on this is that it’s just better to “be safe than sorry”.
Reference: Mansfield, H. (2012). A How-To Guide for Nonprofits: Social Media for Social Good. PP. 66, 198. The McGraw-Hill Companies.