These days the internet social media sites are a minefield for people if they are empl0yed by large corporations or government departments. Mechanisms exist that allow teams of spooks to comb the internet constantly to see if the name of the corporation, department, or individual is mentioned. If they find a slighting reference or a secret leaked they can alert management who in turn can call the social writer to account. I suspect this can also happen if the boss doesn’t like what the writer has written…even if it is not directly targeting the organisation.
Sometimes the secret spy mechanism is nothing more than the normal interconnection of one person to another on the chosen social medium and the guilty party actually engineered that connection themselves at some earlier period.
Good, bad, right, wrong, or whatever…this situation exists, and those of us who write on our own weblog pages as well as those for commercial firms need to realise that there are rules to be followed. Here is a summary of them as well as some suggestions on how they may be obeyed.
- Do not accuse the firm you are employed with of being mean to kittens, puppies, or bunnies. Even if they are engaged in capturing them, mincing them up, and baking them in pies, you are not allowed to mention it to anyone.
- No racism. That means no reports of the Indianapolis 500, Le Mans, or the Melbourne Cup. I did mention Bathust once but I think I got away with it.
- No giving away company secrets. If the company HAS no secrets you are not allowed to mention that either.
- No photos from the office Christmas party. Especially not from the GoPro in the office supplies closet. And particularly not from 9:30 to 10:30 PM.
- If you must belong to a religious cult or horrible political party try not to list them on your Facebook list – or your CV either, for that matter. Limit the number of pictures of yourself dressed in a brown uniform, bed sheets, or apron and gloves. Ditch the goat.
- Pictures of you with your Lamborghini Countach are fine but eventually the accountant at the place where you work as a wages clerk will see them and reach for a calculator…