In a lot of my classes we have been discussing social media. I even had to create a “professional” twitter page for one of my class. I can see the importance of maintain a professional image on the web and connecting with other professional, but I also enjoy posting funny status and sharing pictures of my friends doing stupid stuff. With the web presence of potential employees becoming increasing important to employers, is there any room to maintain a regular personal profile online?
I recently read this article which explains what to tweet and what not to tweet. It made me realize that I tweet a decent amount of things that would fall under the “don’t tweet” category. As I start applying for internships, i started to think of deleting my social media pages. The way i have been using social media would not be considered “professional.” I don’t ever post really extreme things, but i do the occasional funny, inappropriate status/tweet every now and then. It really bums me out knowing I might not get hired based on my actions on social media. I do not think that should be the deciding factor. For me, it almost does not seem worth it to keep my social media pages anymore. I don’t think it’s possible to have a personal and professional page.