What would your mother say?

There’s a serious point to think about when studying this tongue-in-cheek infographic on what to consider when posting your status update – or any other message – to popular online social networking services.

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You might think about which service to post what to – I do, especially when checking in somewhere (so Foursquare is my primary choice) or when commenting on something that would benefit from more than the 140 characters Twitter allows me (so Google+ or LinkedIn depending on what it’s about, who’s in my community there and how I would like any potential conversation to develop).

But do you think of whether to post? That you could do it, but should you? I like how this amusing graphic makes that choice a central part of its message.

Rule of thumb: before you click or tap, just ask yourself – what would your boss (or your mother) say if she saw your update?

A poorly-judged click or tap can have unwelcome consequences.

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About Neville Hobson

Entrepreneurial business communicator with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Co-host of the weekly business podcast For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report. Also an occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.