Facebook is the new bumper stickerPosted by Gina Pappas on May 27, 2010 |
– Click “Like” if you love your daughter!
– Betty White to host the Academy Awards
– I’ll bet I can find 1,000,000 people who support arts education
Those are some of the less controversial titles, but there’s even a group on Facebook that calls for President Obama’s death. Facebook has become not only a place to catch up with friends and family, but it’s also providing people with the opportunity to wear their cause on their sleeve.
Your Facebook page says more about you than where you work, who your friends are and what you like to do in your spare time. It provides an opportunity for people to share their stance – political, religious or just for fun. But is it all in good fun? An employer might be turned off by the idea of a potential employee’s support of the, “Can this poodle wearing a tin foil hat get more fans that Glenn Beck?”
While groups and pages on Facebook provide insight into who you are and what makes you tick, you must remain cautious of sharing your opinions – especially if you’re friending more than acquaintances or family members. Remember that, at times, you’re representing more than yourself – you’re potentially representing your family, your employer or your volunteer organization.
Like everything else, use your judgment. It would be a shame to slap a, “My kid can beat up your honor roll student” bumper sticker on a Porsche.