The enthusiasm around the world for social media such as Facebook and Twitter has gotten some people into trouble. To avoid such troubles, all social media users must have some common sense to make the right judgment.
For starters, you have to remember that the postings are public, and they may be seen by people they are not meant for. As a result, you could accidentally offend someone, violate others’ rights, or even hurt your career. It is no news that many employers check social media sites to learn about their job applicants and even about their employees. Next, avoid discussing about work on social media. There are quite a few cases of people getting themselves into trouble. Some of them were fired by posting their criticism and complaints about customers or company policies. One vice president at Apple Inc. was asked to leave because he posted confidential information on the LinkedIn professional network. In other cases, there were also law suits.
These social networking sites do bring people together, and indeed facilitate communication. However, on the other hand, people often overlook the potential pitfalls. When messages can be sent so instantly and widely, whatever you post on these sites is practically open secrets.
【題組】Which of the following is the best title for the passage?
(A)New Social Communication Tools
(B)Secret Postings on Facebook
(C)Twitter vs. Facebook
(D)Pitfalls of Social Media