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Virtual Vulnerability

Virtual Vulnerability

By Debra Fine

In a digital world where you have a platform to share every detail of your life — photographs, employment information, marital status, who your friends are, political and religious views — you are completely exposed to virtual vulnerability.

The younger generation may not care about the implications of their online actions. However, it's the adult users making social networking mistakes that can affect their real and computer-generated image long-term. With a single click of a button on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, you can completely undermine your identity.

Here are some simple tips to execute proper digital etiquette and help make your online persona appropriate and effective.

Social networking can be a great way to increase your online visibility, and connect with new and old associates. When you use your social networking smarts, you can enhance your credibility and build your business or career with a few clicks of the mouse. But, if you fail to use proper digital etiquette, you can find yourself losing credibility, clients, and business opportunities just as easily. The choice is permanent, because the Internet never forgets or forgives your proceed with enthusiasm as well as caution.

Debra Fine
The Big Talk

About the Author

Debra Fine is a former engineer now, a bestselling author, keynote speaker and conversation guru. Debra's bestselling book The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Rapport and Leave a Positive Impression (Hyperion) joins her 2008 release of The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hyperion).

Her recent media appearances include The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, NPR Morning Edition and 100's of magazines and newspapers across the United States.

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