A Look at Web 2.0 Usage in the Office

A lot has been written about the influence that Web 2.0 companies and ideas have had on popular culture and society in general. Even though many businesses were a little slow to hop on the Web 2.0 ride, ample time has passed for a lot of discussion on web 2.0 tech in the workplace.

As much as people enjoy having access to social media and sharing private information (including photos, opinions, and all sorts of other info) there are some aspects of Web 2.0 ideas that simply don’t belong or are harmful in a business environment.

A recent article by Michael Brownlee discusses this very topic on Vail Daily. One of the basic premises of the web 2.0 movement is the fact that users rely on user-generated content to communicate, share, and create a variety of interactions online. Wikipedia, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and sites like those are fine examples of this. The users create the content.

But as Michael reminds us, these gems of the Web 2.0 era can definitely get you fired from your job.

As unfortunate as that may sound, it’s true. Employees have been fired for breaking rules in their contracts, for blogging about experiences they’ve had on the job, and for a variety of other reasons. Some of these people have been fired without ever posting clearly identifiable information about who they are or who their employer is.

So as social media and other web 2.0 sites continue to have more and more of an influence in our lives, web denizens have to be careful with what they share in regards to their professional lives. In some cases, even private information has gotten employees in trouble with their employers.

Perhaps in the future social media and other user-generated sites will be able to keep employers from seeing the content people post, but even if that does happen, it’s still many years away. Until then be careful with what you post on the web.

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