How many times have we read about Social Media and it's advantages?
How many times have we blogged about the potential liability of putting ourselves on the line with transparency about our personal views and opinions?
I am going to suggest again for the " Nay Sayers " and the " Freedom of Speech in blogging " enthusiast,... that they read the article written by Walt Baczkowski, President of the Metropolitan Consolidated Association of Realtors
on the rismedia website
Walt warns to use the social media to your advantage
but beware of the pitfalls.
This perspective is worth reading
and evaluating how we blog and
how we comment.
Walt has covered many
thoughts to consider.
He stated ...I quote
" colleges, prospective employers and law enforcement regular check the Web to find out more about you.
So what are they learning? Would you provide this information if you were in a conversation with them?
What image or impression is your social media conveying ?
We have blogged and commented on this subject many times ...in reading Walt's perspective and his advice to re-check our profiles, our comments, our opinions in our blogs, the thought crossed my mind .......
Have we become to complacent, too comfortable with our surroundings and each other?
There is something about blogging that creates a protective barrier that the conversation is among friends, colleagues a close knit group....It is true...we build relationships with others within our industry our friends on the social pages on the Internet.....but.........
It is wise to remember Walt's comment.......
" Remember that once the information is posted on the Web, it is in the wind."
How descriptive and visual is that statement? Bloggers need to heed the warning of the " Pitfalls ".
Social network has exploded in our industry..we just need to keep it in check ...
We don't need to be a casualty in the explosion.
Walt also makes a point of " cyber-bullying " ( that could be a post all of it's own ) ...we know it exist.
He mentioned the in May, NAR established Policy regarding the posting of negative comments regarding other Realtors.
There are rating sites already in existence such angieslist.
These sites could control and monitor the very workings of social networking.
What impact will it have on us?.....I guess we patiently wait.
..No doubt we will be hearing more about these rating sites .from NAR........This is just the tip of the iceberg.
What is below the surface is not yet visible, only as a warning of caution to all in social networking.
*Photo credit to Microsoft photo
* Walt Baczkowski president of the Metropolitan perspective can be read in it's entirety in RISMEDIA Real Estate
July 2009 edition magazine or follow the link to www.rismedia.com