Social Media Suicide - DON'T DO IT!

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Social Media Suicide - DON'T DO IT!  Protect Your Reputation at ALL Costs


Social Media SuicideI don't know what it is about this time of year but, I do believe that we're all just a bit testy from being confined to indoor spaces.  We're ever so ready to get out into the spring weather that's just not quite here yet...almost but, not quite!  During this 'closed-in' season, I've seen friends, acquaintances and  fellow business owners who are typically gracious, informative and hospitable, either writing inappropriate commentary or joining in on a virtual 'bashing.'


 The news is full of social media negativity and numerous social media participants have lost jobs, been asked to leave schools and been banned from professional associations because of this type of behavior.  They feel that as Americans, our freedom of speech will protect them.  These social media participants don't realize when they're commenting negatively that they're truly hurting their own businesses and their personal reputations as well. 



Here are a few thoughts gleaned from recent conversation and experience pertaining to protecting our reputations:

  • If you don't like or agree with something that you read, just move on.  Think of it as holding your TV remote--if you scan past a program that does not interest you, don't you just click the remote and move on to something that does strike your fancy?  Do the same with your reading.

  • Remember what our grandparents said, "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all!"  Now, I know that a healthy debate is just that...healthy.  However, berating others and putting them down is not debating them.   Rather that form of 'debate' is unhealthy and truly looks poorly on the one who is making the negative comments, NOT the one with whom you're disagreeing.

  • If you love a good debate, remember to stick to the facts of the topic--nothing more.  Calling someone an 'idiot' just because they don't agree with you is not debating, it's name-calling and can be viewed as libel, which is a criminal offense.  So, if you know you can't debate without name-calling, then hit that channel-changing button and move on!

  • When prompted by one cyber-bully to attack another, don't do it!  Don't be sucked into the negative energy that could also destroy your own reputation or business.  It's simply not worth it...again, move on to the next article/post/comment where ever you're reading takes you. 

  • As REALTORS®, we are also bound by our Code of Ethics, RESPA / Fair Housing guidelines.  Many of the statutes not only apply to our clients but, to one another.  Keep these in mind when making commentary online.  I recently learned that there are people out there who are PAID to find these comments and report them to the appropriate Boards, Commissions or federal offices.  It's just not worth losing our licenses over making a comment that we feel makes us look good (which only works that way to ones self, not the general public) or to make simply someone else look bad.

We have enough negativity in our business these days; a common link in the make-up of those who remain in our business is their positive attitudes.  Stay that course; don't stray from it.  You don't EVER want to risk social media suicide!

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Shane Persinger
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it's simple, make a professional page and a personal page, because not all your friends and family will want to have to go through all your work posts all the time, and vice versa.

 

that is my experiance.

 

 

 

I also do it for youtube.

April 10, 2011 05:08 AM
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Sorry about my last comment's re-post.  I wasn't logged in during the first one, and thought I could earse the first one like in FaceBook and just sipmply correct myself.

April 10, 2011 05:11 AM
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Thanks everyone, for the great comments!  It is so refreshing to see that so many AR members are on the same page with regards to social media etiquette.  I don't believe that we ever mean to offend folks but, stopping to 'think about what we say' first is key to avoiding Social Media Suicide!

April 10, 2011 09:53 AM
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Not sure what else to add, Debe.  Very well articulated and I'm going to have to cook up some popcorn and take in the comments later when I get home.

I DO look forward to meeting one of the most respected and professional folks in Social Media VERY soon, which would be you:)

April 21, 2011 01:43 PM
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Hi Jason!  Thanks and I don't know about being the most respected but, I certainly value my reputation and don't want to ever jeopardize it by having a silly little online fight with ANYone--it's just not worth risking the damage that could be incurred with such ridiculous bahavior.  As you know, we've been seeing alot of this lately and it amazes me that members here don't care a thing about their online reps.  They could be 100% right--but, they look like complete maniacs trying to defend themselves.  They're TRULY damaging their businesses--not helping them AT ALL!  Do what you like and do it well--just don't bring online bickering into the equation!  (Hey, another blog post title!)

I had a delightful chat with Jennifer today and am SOOOO excited that I'm finally going to get to meet you two!  I'm going to finally get to do what Sally did awhile back--give you two a HUG!  

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