Kathie Lee & Hoda: Make the Best Digital First Impression
We use social media all the time. Whether it’s tweeting about the dinner we just made or posting photos of our summer vacation to Facebook, we are inundated with social media in our daily lives. But what many people don’t seem to realize is that everything you put on the internet has the potential to be on there for a very long time…maybe even forever. And some of the things you may have put on your Facebook could be putting out the wrong message.
Kathie Lee and Hoda sat down with the author of Princess Recovery, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, and the founder of SocialSklz.com, Faye de Muynshondt, to find out how everyone can make a better first digital impression.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: It Only Takes Five Seconds To Make Digital First Impression
While first impressions used to made in person, Faye de Muyshondt said the first time someone meets you may be digitally. And while it only takes about three seconds to make a first impression in real life, it only takes about five seconds to make a first digital impression. She said about 75 percent of HR departments around America are using Facebook to get a good read on their potential hire.
Hartstein pointed out that many people have compromising photos on their Facebook or other social media pages and they do not see it as hampering their chances at getting a job down the road, if they are even thinking that far ahead.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Facebook Pictures Could Lose You a Job
Faye de Muyshondt said when she was teaching at NYU she would get friend requests from students which she would accept. Then when she would look at their Facebook page she would see a lot of racy photos or photos of them drinking. She said one of her students had a photo that was so offensive she couldn’t even talk about it on camera.
Hartstein added that it isn’t just Facebook being used to post racy pictures. She said a new trend on Instagram is to post photos of four people and then ask people to rate the best looking person in the photo. She called them “Instagram beauty pageants” and said they are bringing down people’s morale as well as possibly costing them a job.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Become a Digital Parent
While it may be hard to parent a child while they are on the computer, Faye de Muyshondt said parents need to become “digital parents.” They need to get a Facebook and an Instragam and any other social media their children have because they need to keep tabs on them.
Hartstein added that you need to have rules for the internet and if they break the rules there need to be consequences.
“Become empowered and become involved digitally,” Hartstein said.