10 years ago the world of Facebook was unknown to us in the UK, now with 1.83 billion daily users the majority of us cannot imagine a world without it. Facebook becomes a part of our daily routines, and even Facebook terminologies have been written into our everyday conversations:
- “Facebook Stalking” – to excessively follow the online actions of another user.
- “Fraped” – when someone posts or edits a user’s profile without the user’s permission.
- “Do it for the Likes” – posting statuses/photos to gain likes from other users.
Not only is Facebook part of our daily lives it is now part of our work life, affecting job opportunities, promotions and colleague relationships in our career choices.
As we are all aware Animal Technicians already have difficulties in disclosing their job due to the emotive subject of animal testing and you will rarely find Animal Technician users of Facebook posting statuses of what duties they completed at work. Most employers in the industry now have implemented ‘Social Media’ contracts, informing the employee what not to post, as the employers have the duty to protect their companies from information/photos falling into the wrong hands.
There are many groups around the world that are fighting against animal testing and they utilise social media to gain more support for their campaigns. By following or liking these types of groups, means you can see the content they post but it also links your profile to their association.
The ‘Like’ button on Facebook either means you:
- You find the group funny
- You are interested in the group
- You agree with what is being said
- You appreciate the group
- You are a fan of the group
- You like the group.
However, your intention may be none of the above it may be to simply to follow what the groups are posting about as you want to follow their activity. Clicking the ‘like’ button doesn’t allow you to share your thoughts and intentions on these groups/pages it shows you LIKE the group/page. Users generate 4 million likes every minute and it takes less than a second to click, but THINK, do you really LIKE the page/group?
Groups not to ‘Like’:
Cruelty Free International
Stop Animal Testing Now
Groups you can ‘Like’
The average Facebook user has 338 friends – are all of your ‘Facebook Friends’ really your friends? Your friends on your Facebook profile can have an influence on your career as some screening companies now do additional check on your Facebook friends as well. Do you know what views on Animal Research all of your ‘Facebook friends’ have? If your ‘Facebook friends’ ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ Animal Rights organisations this immediately puts a red mark against your name too – even though you may not have the same beliefs.
With social media now making such an influence on our everyday lives, be careful who you are befriending on Facebook as you do not want a stranger you may have met once cause you complications regarding your career.
For more information on the Do’s and Don’t’s on Facebook speak to us in the office!