Thursday, May 20, 2010
This is interesting. One-in-three regret posting personal information on social networking sites. What this means is that one-in-three failed to think about the consequences of their free speech. That would seem about right. They failed to realize that just because one has a publishing tool, it doesn't mean one should always use -- or abuse -- it. PR practitioners especially should understand discretion in writing. We should always be thinking about the intended and unintended consequences. If this makes for guarded speech, so much the better. We represent clients whom we are to protect, sometimes from themselves. If we cannot discipline ourselves, why should a client trust in us? It is no surprise that the most regretful are the young who in their self-absorption fail to realize the impact they have on others.