|"Alert: Stop Using Social Media -- Immediately," Declares Advisor Marketing Consultant; Should You Allow The Threat Of Flaming Stop You From Using Social Networks?|
|Thursday, March 15, 2012 15:04|
“Alert: Stop Using Social Media — Immediately,” declared the subject line of a mass email I received today from Elmer Rich III, a business development consultant to retirement advisors and investment advisors. Rich’s mass email was stern. But does his fear mongering makes any sense?
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Here’s what the email said:
I don’t know Elmer Rich. We’ve exchanged emails in the past about retirement plan issues. I wish him no harm and he may be very smart about other matters he consults on.
Looking past the spelling and grammatical errors in his urgent email, belying his claim to be a professional communicator, Rich’s plea to “stop using social media immediately” is misguided.
While it is true that social media makes you vulnerable to malicious attacks, not participating won’t stop it.
Anyone can post anything about you in this digital world we live in and there is often little you can do about it. And it will be found using search engines.
Some examples of where people can post to settle hateful vendettas:
Point is, if someone wants to malign you publicly on the Web, they can—whether you have a LinkedIn and Facebook profile or not. You can run from being flamed, but you can’t hide.
Although a LinkedIn profile may marginally make you a larger target, you can’t allow the threat of being flamed prevent you from being social. Unless what the flamers are saying is true.
Truth wins on the Web. Fortunately, that’s my kind of thing.