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There is nothing like the speed at which we can now access the news and current affairs. One of the great strengths of social media is keeping in contact with old friends, meeting new people, expanding the number of people with whom we connect with and accessing up to the minute information.

Social Media is fundamentally a positive force but it can also be bad……

While I love a good informative post, I do my fair share of head shaking when I see posts where people have obviously forgotten that once a statement is made, it is there forever! There is one aspect of social media which should be avoided—we should never be social media hypocrites.

A hypocrite is someone who puts on a mask. They play a role in order to get a crowd to believe something which is not true. We all know hypocrites and to some extent, everyone myself included have the potential to be a hypocrite. Metaphorically speaking, all of us put on a mask at some point, pretending to be something we are not.

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How many times have you seen statements like “I would rather work for a good boss in a bad company than a bad boss in a good company”, or the other old favourite about the “seven habits of successful people (or 9 or 12 depending on which article) and the “likes” and “shares” are coming thick and fast from people in your network and your first thought is that your experience with that person does not match what they portray online.

So ultimately I think if you post it you should own it, don’t talk about the 9th rule of successful people being first into the office in the morning if you have never been the first into the office, ever! Do internally what you claim to do externally. Is it so hard?

Have you had any experiences with social media hypocrisy? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section of this blog, or tweet me AlanC_CP.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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Isn’t social media fantastic? It is a relatively recent phenomenon in the communications world but has become oh so important in life and business. I am a bit of a social media junkie to be honest. Working in the recruitment industry, I check my LinkedIn and Twitter feed regularly and am following numerous business, economic and social commentary feeds.

There is nothing like the speed at which we can now access the news and current affairs. One of the great strengths of social media is keeping in contact with old friends, meeting new people, expanding the number of people with whom we connect with and accessing up to the minute information.

Social Media is fundamentally a positive force but it can also be bad……

While I love a good informative post, I do my fair share of head shaking when I see posts where people have obviously forgotten that once a statement is made, it is there forever! There is one aspect of social media which should be avoided—we should never be social media hypocrites.

A hypocrite is someone who puts on a mask. They play a role in order to get a crowd to believe something which is not true. We all know hypocrites and to some extent, everyone myself included have the potential to be a hypocrite. Metaphorically speaking, all of us put on a mask at some point, pretending to be something we are not.

However, nowhere is this more prevalent today than on social media and even in the more “professional” online communities such as LinkedIn and a host of other social media sites that have become a medium by which many people are pretending to be something they are not. And it must stop.

If your professional social media persona does not match your reality, you are a social media hypocrite!

There is a great danger in social media hypocrisy. If we put on a face for the public that does not have a close resemblance to our actual reality, we make other people believe we have something we do not have – that we are something that we are not.

One of the problems with this is that we compare our insides to everyone else’s outsides. We compare the reality of our skills and attitude at work to the pretend show of someone else’s professional persona. It’s a game we can never win.

How many times have you seen statements like “I would rather work for a good boss in a bad company than a bad boss in a good company”, or the other old favourite about the “seven habits of successful people (or 9 or 12 depending on which article) and the “likes” and “shares” are coming thick and fast from people in your network and your first thought is that your experience with that person does not match what they portray online.

So ultimately I think if you post it you should own it, don’t talk about the 9th rule of successful people being first into the office in the morning if you have never been the first into the office, ever! Do internally what you claim to do externally. Is it so hard?

Have you had any experiences with social media hypocrisy? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section of this blog, or tweet me AlanC_CP.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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