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What You Should Know About Social Media

What You Should Know About Social Media

A new phenomena has reached our industry and healthcare professionals should be aware of the possible ramifications. Facebook, and Instagram are the most prominent outlets for social media today. With widespread use of iPhones, Tablets and Notebooks, people are documenting everything, absolutely everywhere, all the time.

As I see it, there are two primary issues with this sharing of social media, first what is being shared, and second who may view it. There are no gatekeepers as to what is being shared, and there arepotential consequences for what a person does or says in their private life, and its potential effect on their professional life are very real.

My point is this, social media is a public forum, people are very open, they say and share virtually everything, in real time, and once it is out there, it is permanent and accessible. Employers, and even more importantly potential employers may check you out on social media. I became aware of this when a colleague of mine told me that she was concerned about a staff member because of what she saw on her Facebook page, she also shared that she friends all her subordinates. Perhaps it is time for us all to take a step back and reconsider what we share on our social media!