Three Things You Need to Know about Social Media

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Social media has become an integral part of society. It alerts us of any emergency situations, breaking news and even the hottest celebrity gossip. It’s a great platform to get things out into the world fast. With that being said, it’s so important to be mindful of what and how you put information out on social media.

  1. Be mindful. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t type it

Common sense, people! This one is a no brainer! Do not attack or post negative things. This can cause major backlash and let’s be real, no one needs that kind of negativity in their lives. This is why it’s important to think before posting . If a particular post or comment upsets you, take time to cool down, collect your thoughts, and to carefully craft a respectful response. Yes, a kind one.

  1. Be authentic

BE YOURSELF. Don’t try to fabricate an elaborate lifestyle or story. It’s so easy to lose touch when dealing with the world of social media. Your followers, readers or users will appreciate your authentic self. This will also build up your online reputation and your trust worthiness.

  1. Be safe.

Don’t post your location or personal details. It’s asking for trouble. I’ve got Kim Kardashian in mind while typing out this advice! DON’T post your current location if it can put you in jeopardy! Kardashian was robbed at gun point, because her robbers knew where she was, based on her social media posts. Posting that you are away on vacation is asking to be robbed! Especially if you have hundreds of ‘friends’ online.

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9 thoughts on “Three Things You Need to Know about Social Media

  1. I live by the quote you used for point one. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it” Almost the same thing, but I simply cannot believe some people nowadays! I have dealt with rude and mean people before, but now it is so easy to be mean and have no consequences!

    Internet trolls are terrible people online but they could be decent people in real life! We don’t know them really. I find it very upsetting that people are so rude but they hide behind a username that no one can trace because they make sure they don’t get caught.

    Hopefully the future is better with this, because right now it is at the worst since the Internet trolls have started.

    • Very true. In real life or in virtual world, people forget to be respectful and be kind to each other. You do not have to agree with each other every time or even at all, but we all have the right to express our point of view even if it may be opinionated sometime, but as long as we do so respectfully, it is acceptable. One things I would like to add to the list is be factual as well as we express our point of view.

    • Hi Valerie! You are so right! Trolls feel like the can hide behind their screen and spew out awful things. It’s so upsetting and sad! They obviously were never taught not “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it!”

  2. Great post! Good advice for those who are new to social media and for people who use it often, people can easily forget these points.

  3. This is such amazing essential advice for being on social media. As soon as I read “Don’t post your location”, I thought of Kim Kardashian.Another great tip I have for social media is to charge your phone in a different room than you sleep. I’ve heard that the constant stream of info mixed with the blue screens aids sleeplessness.

  4. Some good advice for sure. The safety is so important. Time and time again I see people post the countdown to their vacation and when they are at the airport or in the car ready to leave. It gives some info that there could be an empty house to check out.
    Social media is wonderful in reaching a huge scope of people quickly. But it is huge and once it is posted it can be seen by so many. Always use caution in what you want to say and post about yourself.

  5. I agree with most of this except the final point. Where I can understand the need not to state where you are, the geofilter could be important to reach a key audience.

    the thought of it throws me back to when I first got a dial up connection and my mother was afraid of “chat rooms” and predators online. “Don’t tell anyone your name or where you are” she’d say.

    While I understand that it is important to be mindful to an extent, I feel like it is an old way of thinking. Most of us aren’t Kim Kardashian, and don’t have million dollar earrings to steal. I feel like she may be an extreme case.

    I loved reading your article, it was easy to follow and straight to the point! I will be looking forward to your next post!

  6. Couldn’t agree more about choosing to share ideas or opinions in a more positive way. No matter how convicted a person is, we always have a choice in the way we react and behave. This translates directly to how we communicate with each other. “We get what we focus on”, is a saying by Abraham Hicks and has been crucial in my personal growth. Thanks for sharing!

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