If you're in a shared workspace for your job, such as an office or shop, you'll probably meet at least a dozen people you'll interact with there on a day-to-day basis. Many will become your friends, and you may add them to your social networks on the Internet. But your boss doesn't care about your social networking, right?
Actually, they might, and it could cost you your job.
If you use Facebook, Twitter or other social networking Web sites, you may be one of millions who use it to share stories about day-to-day events. This might include expressing your thoughts about your job, your coworkers or even your customers. There is an increasing number of people, though, who are getting in trouble for what they've said about work through these mediums. For example, in early 2009, a man who was just offered a job at Cisco had the offer rescinded after he tweeted about "hating the work" [sources: Popkin]. In May 2010, a waitress in Charlotte, N.C., lost her job over something she said on Facebook about a frustrating customer [source: Frazier].
Besides being cautious about what you say while you have a job, also make cleaning up your social networks a part of preparing for new job searches. It's easy for a potential employer to enter your name or e-mail address in Google and find your blogs or social networking sites. Be sure those sources are free of material that might discourage a potential employer from hiring you.