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Social Media Networking Guidelines for Athletes

Written by  Tuesday, 29 May 2012 08:06

We understand that as many of you travel away from home for long periods to compete and you may be using Facebook and Twitter (and other various networks) to stay in touch with friends and family. We encourage this BUT we also want to ensure you do not risk the reputation and standing of the BA national team, the Australian Sports Commission, BA sponsors or, indeed your own personal reputation.


A good rule of thumb is to think twice and post once. Don’t put anything out in public that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read because once it’s in cyberspace it’s there forever. You might delete it later but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been cached (stored) in one of the thousands of search engines that operate on the Internet or hasn’t been forwarded on or copied into someone else’s domain. What might seem amusing and innocent to you this year might not be so in a couple of years time when you are about to sign a contract, and photos of you, say on a pub crawl drunk, emerge in the media. Likewise, a comment you made about someone comes back to haunt you further down the track.


The safest option is to ensure that your own profiles on Facebook are set to PRIVATE. By keeping profiles private, fans and strangers will not be able to click into your profiles and invade your privacy. Fans and strangers can join you through the official Badminton Australia Facebook page, your own official Facebook fan page, or they can follow you on the BA website.


Athletes are encouraged interact with fans on the BA Facebook wall (or their own fan page) and engage with fans in the following way:


The guidelines for athletes in the online environment are the same as those that apply to other forms of communication, including print media, television, radio, and public appearances. It is important to remember, however, that information and views can spread very quickly and widely through online media and can easily be subject to distortion and misrepresentation. SO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY AND DO.


Cautions BA recommends:




If you have a question, want some advice or need some extra tips and training we are here to help. You train hard to succeed but being a successful professional is also about how you present in the public so we urge you to put some effort into your personal development as well.


BA Guidelines for Athletes using Social Media




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