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Networking in the Digital Age

 

By Vivian Unger

      At the risk of dating myself, I fondly recall the way we conducted business pre-digital age.  Be forewarned, this is similar to those stories of walking to school backwards, uphill through twenty feet of snow!  When I began my career CNN was in its infancy with 24/7 news, expense accounts were abundant and advertising sales people spent ample face-time with their clients over meals and beverages. Remember, we are talking about pre-cell phones, Internet and even Federal Express.  To that end, with more face-time our professional relationships were solid, personal and trusting.

     No doubt, technology has changed the dynamics of our business relationships.  In many ways, our relationships are virtual.  Client face-time has diminished due to the quantity and rapid pace of our business turnover with the digital age.

    Networking and building relationships in the digital age require us to work smarter. Liz Lynch, author of “Smart Networking,” says that previously success meant whom you knew or who knew you that led you to open doors and referrals.  Now, in the digital age there is a new method of diffusing our relationships.  The likeability factor is the key in the digital age.

 

 

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    In order to be likeable one’s credibility has to be strong.  In order to raise one’s credibility in the professional world, trustworthy is a virtue.   Trust entails keeping promises, doing good work, offering referrals and utilizing Network Gravity in your digital life.

      “Smart Networking” describes Network Gravity as a force that automatically draws people to you  with whom you have the greatest potential to build mutually beneficial relationships.  Through content and community such as Facebook, blogging, e-zine, LinkedIn and Twitter the people that share the most in common with you will become a follower of the conversations, engagements and information you are sharing. Building relationships smarter means be a good person digitally.

 

 

Posted by Eagle Strategies Blog at 9:49 PM 

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Social Media Privacy

 

   By Vivian Unger

Social media is all about connecting, engaging and building relationships with people.  In a very short period, this technical phenomenon has captivated the world and literally revolutionized countries.  Social media comes in a variety of platforms from micro blog, video sharing to social networking just to name a few. Staying connected with friends, colleagues and acquaintances allows us to forge relationships and business alliances with people on a global basis. Should we be concerned about our social media privacy?

When the Edward Snowden news leak stunned the country revealing the snooping practices of the NSA monitoring the communications of net-citizens, many people became very concerned.  The majority of our citizens are law-abiding even though incarceration rates continue to climb.  Most Americans shudder to think that big brother is monitoring or listening to conversations.  Plain and simple, stalking is very creepy.  According to a blog from Mashable, there are a number of technology companies sharing content with the U.S. government called the  Prism program.  Ironically, Twitter is the one technology company that does not have a contract with Prism.

For those who like to live-in-the-moment with an open book documenting their life on the internet, you may think twice.  Future employers, business colleagues, schools, organizations and acquaintances will judge you by your content, which can potentially haunt you and your future aspirations. Personal and party photos that you would not normally share with people outside your circle of friends should remain personal.

NBC News offers some privacy advice as it pertains to a new Facebook device calledGraph Search.  This device is a completely new way for people to access information on Facebook.

Although this is a privacy-aware device, strangers can look through your photos, places traveled and interests and use this information for marketing purposes.   In essence, it will share all the content you have shared on Facebook.

 

Source: srhereandnow.comRight-to-privacy-on-social-media

 

Use some common sense and post content on your Facebook page with a critical eye.  Erase any awkward content to keep any information from haunting you in the future.   Then, go into your Facebook account setting, and activate your privacy setting to “Friends.”   This will only allow your “Friends” to access your content.  Finally, be discerning and filter your friends.

 

 

Keywords: Social Media Privacy, Facebook, NSA, Stalking, Edward Snowden, Internet, Graph Search, PRISM