“Good name in man and woman,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”—William Shakespeare
After reading this quote from Othello, about the importance of a good reputation, I would venture to say that Shakespeare would be pretty leery of Facebook. And for good reason. Shakespeare’s work is known throughout the world, but his personal life is somewhat shrouded in mystery.
I often wish some of my friends and family members would take a page from Will’s book, especially the younger ones, who have their whole careers ahead of them. When we post irresponsibly on Facebook (graphic photos, vulgar language, innermost feelings better left unsaid), we run the risk of damaging our reputation, and make it easy for others to expedite the process through “sharing.”
Facebook, after all, is the modern-day version of the game of “Telephone” where the original, harmless intent is often skewed miserably out of proportion. We’ve all been witness to horror stories about how good names can go virally wrong.
So, while “all the world’s a stage,” be mindful of the role Facebook and social sharing play in your personal and professional reputation. Protect your good name: post and share responsibly.