Transparency With Social Media Depends On What?

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Transparency EffectNo question with the public nature of Social Media, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, there is a lot out there about yourself for people to see. So HOW VISIBLE you are with yourself depends on what?

Think first - who are you, and do you want all that revealed, some of it revealed, little of that revealed? Under age 20 people seem like they are complete open books for some reason

Re-evaluate often - If you are kind of a straight person and people cringe at your occasional off color language or humor and tell you, will you change? If you have a blue mouth or lamp shades on your head at parties does Grandma seeing that on Facebook bother you?

Target the audience - finally in crafting what you write, uploading pictures, tweeting, creating a profile or a photo album WHO is the main people finding that on the web? Be good with that. You drinking half a keg of beer while lying on the floor then trying to get that respectable job in the interview down the road, may not be the ticket.

Just be comfortable with your online presence!!


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John Cannata
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I dont think enough people 'think' before they post online. I'll read things from my high school classmates and think to myself 'geez... they have not changed even a little bit'... and thats pretty scary for some of them.

April 16, 2012 07:49 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Put 40 years of experience to work for you
Lyon Real Estate

I don't say anything online that I wouldn't say to somebody's face.

So, if a person should decide they don't like me for some reason or don't want to do business with me because of something I've said, so be it. I don't give a crap. What they think of me is none of my business. Of course, I would never intentionally hurt somebody, and I would feel bad if that happened. But what they see is what they get.

April 16, 2012 08:10 AM
Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

I am always amazed at the number of agents who drop politically charged commentary on their FB pages - personally, I think it's ridiculous. While I'm proud of my ethics and belief system, I don't use my business image to discuss them. My close friends and family know how I stand politically - it's not my job as a Real Esate professional to try and sway public opinion.

This goes the same for too much personal information too...I don't care if you are worn out from a hard night of partying...go the bed and wake up with a new attitude. I also don't care if you're in line at Starbucks or if you're eating a tuna sandwich. Think, think, think. If you don't have something of value to add - be disciplined and say nothing.

April 16, 2012 08:34 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

My favorite 16 year old tries to keep her activities very private, and I admire her for that.

April 16, 2012 09:50 AM
Bob Crane
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
Woodland Management Service

Good advice Gary, Many people have lost jobs, projects and clients with the silly things they or their friends have posted on the internet.

April 16, 2012 09:51 AM
Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems

Good tips. Thanks.

April 16, 2012 10:09 AM
Gretchen Bradley
Meridian Capital-Giving Back 4 Homes

What a great photo to get your point across! 

Thanks so much for your blog!

April 16, 2012 10:24 AM
Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
The Ocala Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Gary, great post.  Excellent photo!  Sure got my attention.

April 16, 2012 10:31 AM
Cherise Selley
Colorado Springs Realtor
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC


Full exposure is like the 70s, when many were streaking across my high school campus.  Sometimes we might want to avoid the obvious... g

April 16, 2012 10:39 AM
Raymond Denton - Casta del Sol Realtor®
Casta del Sol is all I do
Your Casta del Sol Agent

Good words of advice, Gary ... I really like the photograph.

April 16, 2012 10:57 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

I think there is too much exposure right now IMHO.

April 16, 2012 11:14 AM
Sally Dunbar
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)

I am pretty happy with my feeling that now, in my acvancing old age, what you see is what you get.  As I have settled into that here at AR, I realize that while there are things I will not get ino (religion, politics) most everything else is an open book. I love that who I am defines my audience, instead of my audience defining who I am.

April 16, 2012 12:31 PM
Rebekah Radice
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency

If you're comfortable in your skin, that will shine through with your online presence.  No one wants to connect to someone that feels phony. I love what Sally says above. It really does makes all the difference in your life as well as in your business when people connect with the authentic YOU!

April 16, 2012 02:13 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Kimo's Lifestyle Solutions
WikiWiki Realty

I'm with Debb, #12 on this topic yet I still don't have the time for the social media stuff and often wonder how others can manage their SM websites.

April 16, 2012 03:06 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
email: / cell: 334-494-7846
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330

Yep, I like to keep MY feelings fairly in check on fb, but LOVE it when an excited Buyer posts pictures and comments about "OMG, look what Travis helped us buy - it's BEAUTIFUL!!!"

Can't beat the FREE advertising!!

April 16, 2012 07:50 PM
Dörte Engel
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton
RE/MAX Leading Edge

Dear Gary,

That is a creepy X-ray. Was that you? Looks like the type of weirdo picture I might take of myself. Drinking under a keg & such was never and will never be on my bucket list. I have a pleasantly boring life, which makes it relatively unsuitable for social media, because who would want to know that you weeded the garden for an hour or something like that.

April 16, 2012 08:06 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

Good post and good reminder.  Some things in their I try and teach my kids.

April 16, 2012 09:17 PM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Yes....think before you go forward with anything, When in doubt, leave it out!


Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME REALTOR

April 18, 2012 09:30 AM
Donna Yates Real Estate - serving
North Georgia Metro & Mountains
ReMax Town and Country

Gary: I am naturally a very private person and I'm just amazed at how open some people are. The rule I try to live by is: would I want my mother (and for business - my clients) to hear something on the news or read something in the newspaper about me but even that's not enough anymore with social media.  I think it's important to be even more cognitive of your privacy, not because you're hiding something but with identity theft and such, it's a must to be careful.

April 19, 2012 05:58 AM
Suzie & Jim Hudson
RE/MAX Lake Oconee-Homes for Sale

Gary, I think that possible buyers or sellers like to get a sense of your strengths and your experiences that show in your blog.  Too much information about your personal life is not very professional. We must be aware that what you print on the internet remains there forever!  

April 19, 2012 06:52 AM
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