Everyone’s doing it. Posting images of their various Zoom conferences, happy hours, team meetings and other virtual events on social media, particularly LinkedIn. I am personally getting tired of seeing so many, but I don’t judge how others use social media. I can just scroll past the items that don’t interest me. I’m also keen on using the tools provided, whether it’s muting content, unfollowing someone to limit the updates I receive from them and on Facebook for instance, snoozing someone for 30 days. They give us those tools for a reason. So to each, his or her own in that regard.
But back to the Zoom pics…
Sometimes its the laptop on the marble counter or table next to a cup of coffee, other times it’s a screenshot or close up of the participants. Either way, I wonder if the poster is asking permission from the participants to share or at least letting them know they intend to.
Are we being conscious of the fact that maybe they don’t want that shared? There are many factors to consider. It may be tough enough to find a good background in their home as it is and they don’t want anyone to see them beyond those on the video call. Or maybe the poster is choosing an image that’s most flattering to them (as we tend to do) and everyone else looks a little crazy.
We didn’t have a culture of posting pics of our company meetings, so now that we’ve been doing this for a while and the novelty of working from home may be wearing off some, why are we still doing it? And if you were to take a pic of a meeting, you’d certainly tell everyone you intended to post on LinkedIn. When I think about it, some companies would have never wanted that.
I’m only offering food for thought here and can’t say I have the answer or if there even is a singular one for all. But I do believe that permission should be sought and a heads up given. Tell everyone you’re taking a pic and give them the opportunity to smile, shift their position, open their eyes, close their mouths, or just look normal.
This is all evolving I know, but we have to bring some common sense and consideration back into play. Let me know your thoughts.