10/03/2011 05:38 pm ET Updated Dec 03, 2011

The Dos And Don'ts Of Tweeting About Your Job

With many employees being plugged in to social media from their desks, it’s easy to blur the lines about where work ends and the internet begins. A new study from Cornell University tracked what workers were saying about their jobs on Twitter, and the results aren’t surprising – most of them used Twitter as a platform to complain about work, and tweets during the workday were much more likely to contain negative words like “fear” than tweets from other times of the day. Though social media has become so entrenched in our culture that it seems normal to tweet about work, doing so can be dangerous for you and your job. Here are a couple of ways to make sure that you tweet responsibly:

Rewrite your bio.
If your Twitter account is personal and not connected to your job, don’t include your job title or company name in your bio. If you use your real name on your account, people might still be able to figure out where you work, but don’t connect the dots for them. It might also be worth tacking a “My tweets do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer” on there, too.

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