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Is Your Social Media Prescence a Blessing or Curse?

Is Your Social Media Prescence a Blessing or Curse?
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Social Media is here to stay. There really is nothing private anymore. People can find out most anything they want to know about you online. We communicate through Social Media platforms. We post pictures of what we did over the weekend. We stay connected better than we ever had. People we haven’t seen in years are on our Facebook streams.

We are constantly expanding our networks. It doesn’t matter if it is through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, we want to grow our following. Sometimes we are consciously doing it, other times we are unconsciously doing it. People can follow you without you even knowing it.

We all have something to say. We all have opinions. Some are more vocal than others. Somewhere, in some forum, our voice and opinion will be viewed. Most everyone is guilty. After all, that is how we talk to others now.

It is frightening that sometimes. We are so buried in our phones that we don’t even realize what we have going on around us. We are so consumed with what is going on socially that being PRESENT in the moment is difficult to do.

Because I write, I am very visible. I have a fairly large following. My LinkedIn grows daily, my Twitter grows at an alarming rate, and truthfully I am not really trying to expand my network. It is happening organically. It is happening without any effort on my side.

It has taken years to get to this point, but it is a bit scary. When I share something on any site it gets viewed. People will share with someone who knows someone. And the big part of this is that I am not Justin Bieber. Good grief, what kind of privacy does he have?

My advice, be careful. Think about what you are sharing on Social Media. It will go viral quicker than you realize. Be careful what you do. It is being watched.

Expanding your network does increase your visibility. More people will recognize you and more people hear your voice. Do it for the right reasons.

After all, your presence could be a curse if you use it incorrectly.

What are your thoughts?

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Will Thomson is the Global Sales and Marketing Recruiter for Rosetta Stone and has worked for companies such as Dell, eBay, Balfour, and Rainmaker Systems. He has recruited some of the most sought after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. He writes bi-monthly for Blogging4jobs and RecruitingDaily and monthly for The Recruiters Lounge. He is a featured blogger and on the editorial committee for RecruitingBlogs and he has guest blogged regularly for Social- Hire and Work4Labs. His writings have been recognized by Blogging4Jobs, The Carnival of HR, ChristopherDeMers, Smashfly, Jibe, Social Hire, YouTern, and Take the Interview, as some of the best blogs written in the industry. Bullseye Recruiting is syndicated through Business2Community and some of his most recognized blogs have been picked up by Monster, Yahoo, and YouTern, ERE, and Job.com. In June 2014, he will appear in TopRecruiter as one of the top 50 movers and shakers in the recruitment Industry. Will wants you to hit the bull’s eye. He gives career advice to help others find their dream job and everyday happiness. Will truly wants you to get the job right, the first time.

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