A reporter in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week wrote a story in which she quoted some tweets and associated them with their Twitter user names without contacting the account owners. Is that fair?
Of course it's fair!
Financial advisors using social media should assume that anything they post on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media sites is going to get quoted in the press.
Social networks are public. Your status updates on Twitter and LinkedIn are indexed by search engines.
Only post what you want people to know about you. If you'll be embarrassed by it, don't post it.
While a post in CNET yesterday raised some subtle issues about quoting posting to a private email list, advisors would be wise to assume what whatever they post to a social media website is fair game for the press.
Personally, I think you need to be circumspect about anything you put in writing--including emails. Think about how easy it is for a client or acquaintance to forward an email. When you write something controversial in an email--unless it's someone you know well and trust--figure that it is going to be forwarded. Consider that before hitting the send button.