The following is a guest post.
Pretend you’re standing on a stage in front of a crowd of 500 people, about to deliver a speech. Imagine that your speech is highly personal, offensive and crude, and is riddled with poor grammar. Now think of the consequences and embarrassment that would follow. When you use any social media site you broadcast an image of yourself to a huge audience, even though you can’t see them. To make sure your online image is pristine avoid these social media mistakes when posting online.
Posting Offensive Material
Statuses, tweets, pictures and videos with offensive and inappropriate material should never be shared on your social media page. It reflects poorly on you and is highly unprofessional, and many people have learned this the hard way. Cruel photos, tweets, comments or posts can be highly hurtful, or could be viewed as threatening. As extreme as it sounds, people have been arrested for social media content, and there have been suicides over offensive online material. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, keep your social media activity clean and politically correct.
Save the Drama
Nothing is more obnoxious (yet admittedly addicting) to read than people airing out their dirty laundry on the internet. Using social media as a platform for public insults is a bad decision, yet seems to be a common practice. This is something to avoid at all costs, as your drama can be shared, saved and sent on any computer to anyone, making personal problems all too public. Try not to turn your facebook page into an episode of Maury, and resolve your issues privately.
Everyone has that friend who seems to tweet, instagram or facebook constantly. As fascinating as your order at Starbucks, your workout at the gym or your cat’s newest facial expression may seem to you, other people don’t feel the same way. Avoid this faux-pas and try to only post relevant and interesting content, and keep the amount of posts you make daily to a minimum. Your friends will probably pay attention to and enjoy what you have to say more, when you say less.
Mixing Business and Leisure
This is one of the most common social media mistakes, and comes with the biggest consequences. Complaining about your job, co-workers or boss online is definitely something to avoid at all costs. If you post a picture or video of yourself being unprofessional while on the job, you may run the risk of losing it.
Poor Grammar and Spelling
While the occasional acronym or computer slang is acceptable online, poor grammar never is. Misspelled words, the misuse of “there” and “their” and forgetting correct punctuation don’t go unnoticed by people reading your posts. As a general rule of thumb, don’t trust autocorrect, and if there’s a red zigzag under a word you just typed, chances are it’s misspelled. To make sure your friends don’t “lol” at your sloppy post, double-check your words before you click “submit”.
Social media is a great way to connect with friends and express ideas. However, careless posts could get you into a lot of trouble. To help keep your online pages clean and problem-free, be wise, professional and kind in your next status, post or tweet.