Make the most of social media’s best features!
Have you ever marveled at everything you can do on social media? Connect with friends, share your opinions, post good news, learn about community events. And those are just a few! But like so many things, there can also be a negative side. People use social media for negative comments, shaming, bullying, and worse. This article takes a look at the do’s and don’ts of social media. By following rules of etiquette and common sense, we can work together to make social media a better place to be!
1. Do: clean up your social media presence
Nobody’s perfect. We have probably all posted photos or comments that we wish we hadn’t. Take some time to go through your history on your social media accounts and clean up whatever you can. This is especially important if you are applying to schools or looking for a job.
2. Do: participate in the dialogue
Are you a social media lurker? Do you like to observe rather than post anything? There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you can get up your nerve, it’s a good idea to get a little more involved. After all, sharing is what social media is all about! You don’t have to post something every time you go on social media. Just start out by liking a few things, and every now and then, post an article or add a friendly comment. That’s all it takes!
3. Do: be yourself
Some people feel pressured to create the perfect image of their life on social media. They want to get as many likes as possible, and the next thing you know, it starts to feel like a competition. It’s not meant to be this way! The simplest advice: just be yourself!
4. Do: think twice before you post
Once you post something, it’s “out there” for everyone to see. Even if you take it down, people may have taken a screen-shot or forwarded it to someone else. The best advice is to think twice before posting anything. Ask yourself “How would I feel if my employer or grandmother saw this?” If the answer isn’t good, then don’t post it!
5. Do: add positivity to the web
There’s enough negativity in the daily news to bring anyone down. Help add to the positive vibes that social media brings into our lives by posting compliments and avoiding any down-putting or negative posts.
1. Don’t: post anything to hurt someone else
Social media has such a wide reach. It is a fast and powerful way to get a message out there. For this reason, it can also be very damaging. Don’t use it to put others down, bully, shame, or embarrass. It just isn’t right.
2. Don’t: complain about your job
Some people post negative comments about their job or their boss on social media. This is dangerous. Even if you have your settings set to private, the word can get around. Play it safe, and keep these thoughts to yourself.
3. Don’t: reveal someone else’s surprise
If you find out a friend got a promotion, is getting married, or is having a baby, by all means, wait for them to post it. Don’t spoil their surprise!
4. Don’t: spread fake news
Fake stories seem to be running rampant over social media. Always check the source to see if it is a credible news outlet. If it sounds too crazy to be true, it probably is. When in doubt, don’t spread it!
5. Don’t: let yourself get down
Do you find yourself comparing your life to others when you look at social media? Does it seem like everyone else’s life is perfect and yours is not? If so, then take a moment to step back and understand that no one’s life can be that perfect. More importantly, you are great the way you are! If social media is making you feel depressed about your life, do yourself a favor and log out!
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