12 April 2011
By Blanka Sengerová
Recently, I came across an interesting article on the Naturejobs site, which discussed the pros and cons of having a blog and other forms of online presence. Here it is:
It made me think of all the steps of 'self-censure' that I take when posting stuff on the internet (including this forum). I would say that my advice about posting things would include:
1) Read everything before you press the 'send' or 'post' button. You will go down in people's estimation if you post a message including typos, letters in the wrong place, lack of capitals, etc. If you do post something including a mistake, delete the message and repost it in corrected format.
2) Don't post messages when you're angry, this is likely to result in an ill-thought out response, and more likely than not, you will regret the message having appeared. For the same reason, I would recommend that you stay away from the computer when drunk (though I have never experienced this myself, so I am speaking from the memory of seeing other people's incoherent postings).
3) Respond to people if at all possible, but know when to stop if you feel the debate is just disintegrating into a tit-for-tat word fight.
4) Finally, my thought is always, "would I be happy with this being read by a potential interviewer in five, ten, fifteen years' time?". If the answer is no, then modify what you're saying or consider not posting at all.
Now I'd like to open up discussion - would you guys like to add points that you always consider when adding to your digital footprint?