Social media is a powerful thing that can vault photographers into the spotlight overnight. It can also bring them down in seconds.
Coming to you from Scott McKenna, this great video talks about the importance of professionalism on social media. Personally, I've seen colleagues make extremely ill-advised posts on Facebook after being let go from a job or having a bad experience with a client. The problem is compounded in that many of us have a mix of connections across social media that include both personal and professional relationships, and we don't always do a great job of making sure who sees what is clearly separated. Even if you do keep things perfectly compartmentalized, word of mouth is powerful, and all it takes is one screenshot of you complaining about a client to do serious damage. I think there's a tendency to believe that if one is in the right, they're immune to consequences, at least in what I've seen in my experience. If you feel you were fired unjustly, then smearing your boss/former institution on Facebook shouldn't affect you since it wasn't your fault in the first place, but all future employers see is someone creating a pool of drama and bad press for a company. Be careful online.
Lead image by Bruce Mars, used under Creative Commons.