Labor and employment attorney Anna Dailey was recently shocked when she began receiving emails from her network of coworker and business contacts expressing their surprise at her decision to leave her law firm.
The problem was she hadn’t left.
Fearing that her law practice would suffer as a result of the misconception that she wasn’t practicing law anymore, she quickly tried to figure out what happened. “I was in an absolute panic, and I thought how do I change this?”
LinkedIn Auto Blunder
It turned out that LinkedIn had sent an automatic update to Dailey’s 500 contacts, because of a change in a public position she held concurrently with her regular, full-time job.
If you’re on LinkedIn, you’ve probably received the standard “Congratulate Mary Sunshine on her new position” message about some of your contacts, but you may not have realized that the contact probably didn’t ask for that information to be sent out.
If you’re worried, now, about something like this happening to you, there’s a parameter in LinkedIn called “Activity Broadcasts.” By turning it off, you can eliminate the automatic messaging. It’s under “Account & Settings” (the icon on the far top right corner of the home page), “Privacy & Settings.” Look at the bottom center of the page under the header “Privacy Controls.”
Left and Gone Away
I used to own a ladies’ resale shop. Three years into the venture, my first lease was up and I relocated the store. We went to great lengths to notify our customers about the move, but not everyone got the message.
Imagine my shock when I went to check our Yelp reviews, and discovered that Yelp thought we had closed! A reviewer announced that we were gone, and so it must be. Yelp seemed to accept this despite the fact that I had gone into our account and changed the address when we moved.
I sent messages to the Yelp staff and got the issue resolved, but there’s no telling how many customers we lost because of the bad information they had published on line.
Fact Checking Your On Line History
We’re all familiar with the dangers of posting pictures of ourselves in compromising situations on Facebook. After all, up to 80% of employers check social media sites for information on potential employees.
We also have to be vigilant about ensuring the information that’s out there is correct. Make sure you understand the privacy settings in Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites, and so you can be in control of what gets published about you and to whom.
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