Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media

It’s 2017, and everyone is very familiar with technology. I mean, kids basically come out of the womb with a tablet in their hand. Once upon a time, the internet was a luxury and only teenagers were on social media. Nowadays, everyone has a social media profile, from your 1st grade teacher to your grandma’s cat. Because the majority of people have an online presence, it has become more than easy for someone to research you. Future employers, co-workers, and even law enforcement have the power to know almost everything about you with just one click. That is why it has become critical to practice online etiquette. Below are my top suggestions for maintaining a personal, appropriate, and professional online reputation.

The Don’ts 

  1. Don’t Overshare!

Obviously,  social media is for sharing! We want people to see what we’re doing and we want to see what other people are doing. But there is a thin line between sharing and oversharing. Your social media is a space for your family and friends to stay updated on your life-not your diary. If you wouldn’t broadcast it on national television, then don’t broadcast it online.

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2. Don’t be fake!

One of the dangerous things about the internet is that you can be anyone you want. You could be 12 year old girl, but with access to google pics and social media you could easily become a Beyonce catfish. BE YOURSELF. Remember there are people out there who actually know who you are, that’s why they followed you in the first place!

3. Don’t believe everything you see!

The internet is full of trolls! That article you saw about Donald Trump placing a ban of all muslims coming into country-not real! OH WAIT that actually is real!! All jokes aside though, everything you see online isn’t true. There are lies and propaganda everywhere. Make sure you take the time to research what you’re looking at before you enter the real-world with wrong information or alternative facts 😉

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The Do’s 

1.Do Be Picky!

You know the saying “guilty by association” or “you are who you hang out with”? Those sayings also apply to social media. The pages you follow,content you like/share, and the friends you have on social media are a reflection of you. You don’t have to accept everyones friend request!

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2. Do Be You!

Did you just get a promotion at work? Went out to eat with an old friend? Or just catch up on Greys Anatomy? Let us know! Your social media profile shouldn’t be a cyborg! Tell us about that funny thing your son did today or show us that new dress you’ve been dying to wear! Theres no shame in being yourself!

3. Do Network! 

Social media is one of the best networking hubs! Millions of people=millions of opportunities. Whether you meet someone to loan you some text books or meet someone to offer you an interview, the possibilities to social media networking are endless!

Social media is here to stay! By following these do’s and avoiding the don’ts, your online reputation will have a positive impact!

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