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Social media networking has become the most popular online social club nationwide offering fans endless hours of communication options that allow its viewers to meet and greet other socialites regardless of their location.

While social networking is a great past time activity for most people it can be damaging for others. People innocently place too much personal information on social media websites without realizing the consequences. Major businesses and potential clients are using social media to improve their business growth and reach more customers.

22% of employees visit social networking sites 5 or more times per week, yet only 54% of employers have a policy dealing with social media inside and outside the workplace. View more stats from our Social Media NOTWorking webinar here.

What they discover can have adverse effects on an employees’ perceived workplace ethics. There have been many instances where employees have lost their job due to the information they post about themselves on sites like Twitter and Facebook. First impressions are lasting impressions and once a picture is out in cyberspace it is there forever.

People inadvertently put their work schedule, home affairs and job concerns on the internet. Social media has emerged as a new human resources tool for recruiting and employers are wising up to these social sites to easily find out more about their current and future employees’ behaviors.

Social networking is great for communicating with family and friends who live in another state or another part of the world. However, when it comes to venting about the workplace or personal life, users should proceed with caution in using social media websites to post such information.

This is especially true for individuals looking for employment. By looking at personal social sites, Employers are able to gain insight as to what type of person is applying for a position at their company.

Setting up a social media account for entertainment is fine as long as the content is friendly and the photos are harmless. When deciding what to share on social media, employees should use their common sense to what they decide to share on social media and respect the relationship with their employer.