Numerous personal injury cases have felt the repercussions of posting statuses about their injuries on Social Medial channels. What may appear to be an innocent post that informs your family and friends that you’re healing well from an injury may actually hurt you in the long run, especially if you’re dealing with an personal injury case.
Insurance companies regularly monitor social media channels for people involved in injury claims while tracking information they can use in court. Lawyers frequently refer to Facebook page statuses in court to prove where the defendant has been prior and during personal injury cases. They use information from Social Media postings to insinuate false injuries and provide evidence against claims.
Judges are persuaded that defendants are exaggerating their injury, all due to public postings and the easy access of the Internet. Defense Lawyers frequently use old posts to try and prove that a person’s injuries may pre-date the accident. They will use what you post against you and question your injuries.
Protect yourself by avoiding posting about any injuries, accidents, or treatments in any context on your social media channels, specifically if you’re in a personal injury dispute. Remove any images and statuses that may be misinterpreted and end up hurting you later. Monitor your friends’ statuses and image tags. Unless you have adjusted your privacy settings, others can tag you in photos without your approval.
Don’t forget to check comments that mention your name that could lead to misinterpretation. Lastly, be aware of friend requests you don’t recognize, they might be an insurance company seeking your information.
For more tips to improve your social media privacy settings refer to our De-Clutter Social Channels Blog.
Media Professionals of Florida (MPFI) highlighted their meeting on June 10th at Grownman Brand Studios with Social Media Overview Training. Leslie Laney, Director of Marketing & Social Media for A Media Marketing (AMM) led the training and discussion for MPFI. This group was more technologically savvy than most so Leslie was pleased to hear they learned a great deal from her training.
AMM, serving the Tampa Bay community for over 45 years, specializes in a full array of marketing services from Video Production, Social Media Management & Training, Web Design and Print Collateral to Advertising Specialty campaigns. Over the last three years, Leslie has trained professionals from small to mid-size businesses. She focuses on teaching others how to harness the power of social media, while integrating that power into their existing marketing plans.
The overview covers the basics: how to get started, create a strategy, develop a content schedule, and much more. Her in-depth training teaches how to integrate the top Social Media Marketing platforms into your company’s marketing mix. The top platforms she covers are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.
Social Media Overview educates trainees on current social media marketing strategies and explains
• How to choose which platform is right for your business
• How to claim your space in the social media landscape
• How to effectively grow the right connections
• How to improve your Social Media profiles to be easily found by prospects
Leslie’s trainees were a wonderful group of very engaged media professionals. Here are a few of their post-training comments:
• Terry Jordan – Jordan Productions, Inc.: “I learned so much at our last MPFI meeting. Leslie was a wealth of knowledge. I scribbled notes during the meeting and sold a video gig from what I learned at that meeting.”
• David Rosenblatt – Silver Image Interactive: “Leslie, your presentation was great and I know the whole group benefited from it.”
AMM can help your company as well. We are available for speaking engagements, corporate events, or in-office training. Take advantage and proactively learn about the evolving world of Social Media, and how your business can fully benefit from it. AMM provides “Personally guided marketing strategies for the serious business owner.”
Are your social media platforms cluttered? It’s easy for them to become messy over time, but don’t let the disorganization frustrate you and bury your platforms. What’s the solution? A Media Marketing developed quick tips for eliminating social media clutter. These proactive tips are easy to do, however, the adjustments work best on a computer verse mobile device. Once you’ve done the work, you’ll have cleaner timelines and easier to use social platforms.
Manage Your Friends On Facebook
Prioritize your Facebook newsfeed by organizing your friends into two separate groups. You can name these groups whatever you’d like, but for now our example groups will be “acquaintances” and “close friends.” This way your news feed will provide you with “close friends” photographs and updates, instead of posts from every contact. If you want to create more specific lists, select the person’s page, and hover over the “friends” button. A drop-down menu will appear and list a variety of options.
Choose Carefully When Following Feeds
If you don’t want to offend someone by removing them as a friend, but you’re tired of seeing their endless posts of cats and what they had for dinner, here’s the solution: Next time that “friend” appears in your news feed, simply click the arrow on the right side of the post and select “Unfollow.” This way, you’re still friends, they don’t know your not following them and you’re free of their updates!
How Many Groups Are You In?
It’s easy to accept a bunch of group invites, and suddenly realize you don’t know these groups. To view all of your groups and manage them, go to your Facebook newsfeed. Next to “Groups” in the left column click “More.” Select the icon that looks like a wheel next to each group. This will allow you to decide if you want to leave the group or simply turn off the group notifications.
Control Your Posts
De-clutter what is posted on your on Facebook page, especially if you don’t want unflattering or inappropriate tags dragging you down. To get started simply go to “Settings” and select “Timeline and Tagging.” Under “Who can add things to my timeline?” you can choose if you want to be the only one posting on your timeline.
Take the initiative and require approval for tagged photos and posts by changing your settings. If you don’t want strangers to access your page, then make sure that only your friends can view all past and present posts (including friends of anyone tagged in the photo). To make these privacy adjustments, go to your Facebook privacy settings “Who can see my stuff?” and select “Limit Past Posts.”
Adjustments For Twitter’s Privacy Settings
Most of us end up following numerous people on Twitter. Our timelines are flooded with tweets and there’s never enough time to read them all. What do you do? You could tediously unfollow a selected amount of accounts. Unless you follow a hundred or more people, then you may not have time to do that either. The easiest and quickest route is to make lists and this way no one’s feelings get hurt. Go to “Settings” and select “Lists” and then “Create New List.” You can title your lists whatever you’d like, for example, categorize them by subject or priority. You can even create a master list of necessary people whose tweets you want to receive. Or you can create a “Private” list where you can be as selective as you’d like. Remember, you don’t have to follow someone to add them to your lists.
Sum-Up Those Bios
The short bio on your Twitter profile is your best opportunity to express why others should follow you. For example, if you’ve changed jobs or moved somewhere new, maybe your tweeting about a new topic, don’t forget to add it in your bio. This tactic also applies to all of your Social Media bios, especially Facebook and LinkedIn. Make sure that your bio is up to date on your current employer, position and geological location. Many users take advantage of LinkedIn as an online resume so it’s crucial to keep your information updated often.