When Letting It All Hang Out May Not Be A Good Thing

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

TransparencyToday I wanted to write about and solicit your opinions particularly in the online world of social media about "transparency." That is revealing more the personal side of ourselves on blogs or social media like Active Rain or Facebook or with our tweets on Twitter. Sometimes this may not be a good thing. As one might say about your portrayal, "Too Much Information."

Particularly as a business person your image stays out there on the Internet. But especially Gen Y and the Millennials generation, some of them just don't seem to care about any perceived "reputation" they are tarnishing.

A recent blog I read on Active Rain talked about other Realtors "partying" it up and showed pictures on Facebook with everyone cavorting in not so flattering situations. It caused quite a stir.

The public does read this stuff, believe it or not. I guess we have the extremes of the ultra private business only people and the ones that don't care what they put out on the Internet. Maybe somewhere in the middle with some decorum and common sense is the proper place to be. It does seem like that buzz phrase from Vegas that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas should be what to follow but somehow these days it ends up on the Internet.

Are you shocked with what you read about others and FROM others with regard to transparency some days?

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Jerry Bronstrup
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Can you please remove my picture from last years NAR convention in Vegas from your post. 

December 03, 2009 06:28 PM
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Cathy Lee
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Everything and anything I post, a blog, tweet or facebook message, is a reflection of me. I constantly remind myself of this. Great post Gary!!

December 04, 2009 01:06 AM
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Betina Foreman
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Dear Gary,

I think you are spot on with this post. some people don't know when too much is enough. While transparency is good, it does not mean pull your skeletons out of the closet and post them online. TMI is always TMI!!

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December 04, 2009 11:11 AM
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Robert & Lisa Hammerstein
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Gary,

I'm with you on this one 100%.  It's great to be open and honest and share as much as possible.  However, professional people must always remember that there needs to be somewhat of a decorum about their image.  A one sided mirror perhaps?  Great, great post with a well deserved gold star.  Lisa

December 06, 2009 11:17 AM
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Carol Culkin
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Gary, Gary Gary - I have been missing from Active Rain for too many days.  Hmmm. I wonder what migh have inspired this post my friend? Aside from the photo, thanks for getting the message across, maybe more eloquently stated than I had.   

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