Monday, August 10, 2009

How To Lose a Job Via Facebook... Wrong

The article making the waves about “freedom of speech” on Social Networking is completely appalling. The case study, (see image below) is nothing but rubbish. I have read comments left at the original post and saw that some people still have understanding as against what the original post seems to be insinuating.

It is disheartening that someone will use this to paint Social Networking or represent its disadvantages. Undoubtedly, everything in the world has a good and bad side. The point remains how we use them.
The girl in the post above said something utterly foolish and idiotic. Her language is offensive whether used on virtual or in real world, hence not an issue to be blamed on social networking
Again, if other possible avenue of communications through which she could have said the same thing are considered; i.e. letter? Face-to-face conversation? To her colleagues? Via text message? Over the phone? On a blog? At a drink/night out? Through rumours? And the list goes on and on.
Regardless which of the above medium the employee chose, the result would be same. Therefore suggesting that this is ‘How To Lose a Job Via Facebook In 140 Characters or Less’ is unjustifiable and misleading.
My personal experience happened when I twittered that I was not enjoying a meeting at work during the meeting and my colleague said someone who knows my organization called (or emailed, etc) to say that it seems we were fighting at the office – gracious! That was not so and not enjoying a meeting is something that people have said at different times in mellow or temperamental voices.
I think in this case, the employee’s complaint was irresponsible with a wrong (which is the main evil) language and wrong approach. She should have sought advice on how to enjoy her job. If she doesn’t like her boss to the point of calling him names, then I don’t think she should remain in the job or better still, she should have sought out ways to ironing out the matter.
Social networking tools are just one tool out of many forms of communication. And when it comes to communication, it is not the tool that is usually the problem, it is the user.

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