These are my own thoughts and opinions. They do not reflect the opinions of my employer.
How often do you see this? Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you have this disclaimer. Anyone that reads your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other types of updates will probably associate your thoughts with your employer or other entities that you’re related to. The reader will probably form an opinion about you as well.
This disclaimer is just as annoying as all of those privacy statements you see at the bottom of an email. That statement won’t force me to delete or not forward the email if it was sent to me accidentally. Just get rid of it so we all don’t need to scroll as much while reading your email on our phones.
The unfortunate reality is that we now have so many outlets to share our thoughts and opinions, which we all wanted, but that’s more ways to start rifts between individuals, employers, potential employers, or create issues for those that you’re close to.
We still want to have the option to share our thoughts. Even if our opinion is harsh, true, or even if it means well, there is the opportunity for it to be misinterpreted. Who cares! We are still entitled to our opinion and if you believe in it then say it. Stick to your guns and don’t hold back. About 4 months ago, I gave a product review about a cell phone case that I didn’t like. Coincidentally, it was a product of one of my customers – oops! Regardless, I stuck to my guns and wrote the product review and even shared in on social media.
Pro Tip: If you’re going to complain about something then you better give details and maybe a recommendation on how to improve. Just don’t complain… That’s not classy or professional.
We’ll continue to think that we have freedom of speech but we’ll also continue to look over our shoulder at big brother, our employer. friends, etc. to make sure that we don’t get ourselves in trouble.
What should we take away from all of this? Treat everything that you put on social media as public information. You never know when privacy settings will change or default to something new without your knowledge or consent. Employers, competitors, and random people are probably searching for you to find out your secrets for social engineering, credit card scams, and whatever else the dark corners of our human brains can think of.
We may still have an opinion, but that opinion now has more consequences than it used to have.