In the past couple of weeks, two people who commented on this blog asked me to remove their comments. Their requests inspired me to share these cautions:
- Don't share anything you don't want a potential employer to find.
The first request for me to remove a comment was from someone who had mentioned contacting an attorney about her dismissal from a job. She had included her full name after the comment. With her job search ending in closed doors, she feared that an Internet search was leading potential employers to her comment. That's a reasonable fear. Employers are not eager to hire people who hire attorneys.
- Don't share anything you don't want the entire world to find. The second request was from someone who had included her email address in her comment.
- Don't share anything that makes you look mean, pig-headed, or supremely pompous. People have made comments on this blog that they ought to ask me to delete. I do delete the mean comments on my own. But the pig-headed, pompous ones that stir up discussions do so at the writer's expense. It's a bad idea to come across as ill-tempered and self-righteous, when the world catches you doing it long after you have forgotten that nasty, critical mood you were in.
- Don't share any personal information that will lead criminals to your doorstep, or virtual doorstep. Because of comments on Facebook (we think), my elderly father was tempted into a con that might have ended violently.
What cautions would you add? Please share them.