While e-mail and social networking sites are often used for connecting with friends, these are also ways of connecting with other people like professors and employers. While it is acceptable to be informal with friends and family, this is not always the case for professional relationships.
When sending e-mails to your professors, colleagues, employers, and/or peers, one should follow some simple guidelines:
Facebook is constantly changing its privacy settings and policies, so it's important to be on top of your own profile. Do you want to be able to be searched? What do you want non-friends to see? Do you want your boss to see those pictures of you playing beer pong? Should those pictures even be on your page? These are all important questions to ask yourself about your Facebook page. It's important to be responsible for what other people can see about you online. In the end, it's your choice what to show on your profile, but be sure you are proud of what's there.
Facebook allows each user to decide how much or little privacy they want. Before you post anything, you can decide who you want to see it: friends, certain groups of people, or a custom selection of people/groups. You can also block people who are harassing or bothering you, and then they cannot see or search for you.
Twitter makes it very easy to keep your profile private. If you protect your tweets, people cannot see them unless you accept a follower request from them. All requests have to be approved first, so you will know who is looking at your tweets. Be careful about accepting strangers because you never know who they may be.
Instagram makes it very easy to keep your profile private. If you protect your pictures, people cannot see them unless you accept a follower request from them. All requests have to be approved first, so you will know who is looking at your tweets. Be careful about accepting strangers because you never know who they may be.
Since your images can also be posted to various other social media sites when you post, be conscious of the content that you are posting.
LinkedIn is a great website to start the networking process. It is a place to showcase your resume, skills, achievements, and to start networking. Here are some tips to keep your profile professional and appealing.