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How to alienate people & ruin your reputation on Facebook

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It’s never a good idea to alienate people or intentionally ruin one’s reputation, whether in your personal or professional life – offline or online. With 802 million daily active users and 602 million mobile daily active users on average in March 2014, there is no doubt in my mind that Facebook is a very popular social media site for connecting with friends, joining Groups in a more informal ambiance than LinkedIn.

Facebook is also a great place to network and used with adept, a great social networking tool as well. What this also means is that one has to take reputation management into consideration while engaging on Facebook and ensure that we don’t alienate people with wrong speech or action.

There is something else that many professionals may not be aware of but social media recruiting is in trend. I read sometime back that in 2010 approximately 30% of employers were using Facebook to screen potential employees. In a more recent survey by CareerBuilder, 51% of employers rejected candidates based on their findings at their social media accounts compared to 34% in 2012.

Quite clearly if you are in the job market looking for employment, know that your social media activity can be an important factor in landing a coveted job position.

Here’s my take on 8 ways one can actually create the wrong impression while engaging on Facebook.  Enjoy!



 If your curiosity has been aroused about the Friend turned Fiend, here’s the link to the original post!

The Tale of Friends Turning Fiends on a Facebook Wall Invasion and Tips to Tackle It


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Written By: Vatsala Shukla 

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4 Responses to “How to alienate people & ruin your reputation on Facebook”

  1. Lisa Mallis says:

    Great post! I know I also use Facebook to research possible clients. If a lot of their posts are negative – I’ll think twice about whether or not they will be a good fit for me!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Thanks Lisa. I’ve known for some time that some Executive Search consultants send Friend Requests to potential candidates which I first thought was improper until I understood the intention – view the candidate informally. Of course, it is for the candidate to accept such requests. I personally never did and used to politely explain the purpose of my Wall – to connect with old friends and the sanctity of my Wall. Even from a business perspective, a lot depends upon the human interaction and Facebook is a good place to see how people conduct themselves with their guard down. Never thought of that, I’ve learned something too!

  2. Sally says:

    Very sound advice! I’ll also check social media (especially Facebook) when I meet someone new. It boggles my mind when people represent themselves in a bad light online.

    Also a good point on friend requests. I find it very off-putting when a stranger (or someone I barely know) sends me a friend request. I’ve noticed this happening more and more – mostly from people who are looking to build their business connections. All I can say is please try and connect with me elsewhere before asking to be my Facebook friend!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Thanks Sally and welcome back! I agree with you 100% about connecting on a more business like platform first, Facebook Page, Group or even Google+ before imposing a friendship request on Facebook. That is very personal and if there are mutual interests, then yes, a Friendship request becomes a natural extension of a new relationship and who knows, a win win business relationship too. It’s always a good idea to Facebook check a person if you intend to deal with them going forward to find mutual interests even if it includes a passion for Candy Crush. 😉

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