Social media has been spreading across the world like wildfire. Approximately 2.3 billion people use social media on a regular basis, and it is projected to be nearly 3 billion users by 2020. Since the world is becoming more and more connected, the world is literally watching you every time you press “post.” We are now in an age where people are being fired from their jobs, losing sponsorships, become of victim to bullying and other forms of abuse, to looking down right silly because of what they post. Here are 8 things you may want to shy away from posting on your social media account.
As much as I love watching a good drama, social media is probably not the place to talk about problems in your love life or friendships. It’s best to keep your relationship issues offline and handled in person (and a third party member if necessary).
Posting Pictures Of Your Cash & Other Valuables
You may have seen your favorite celebrities flashing their cash in a music video, but unless you have bodyguards protecting you 24/7 like they do, this may not be the smartest idea. Social media is filled with people who follow/friend you but are lowkey jealous. Unfortunately some of these people are envious to the point that they will do anything to drag you down. If they live in the same vicinity as you, there’s a good chance they can locate you (especially if your location settings are turned on) and put your safety at risk. Plus, flashing your cash honestly looks pretty tacky if we're being honest.
You’re having a good hair day, your makeup and outfit are on fleek, and your confidence is through the roof. In the age of selfies, it is expected for one to snap a couple of pictures when you’re at your best; HOWEVER you do not need to flood your timeline 10+ selfies in different angles. It’s excessive and comes off as very narcissistic.
When you start a business or raise funds for a charity, the first thing you’re tempted to do is to reach out to people you already know (friends, family, etc.) for support. While there’s nothing wrong with outreach, there is a right and wrong way to do it. When your family and friends politely decline your offer and say that they’re not interested, you should respect their wishes and leave them be. Another spamming no- no is advertising your business/charity in the comment section of an influencers with a well-established brand and following. It’s comes off as very disrespectful. If you want a big influencer to promote you, reach out to them and see if they will do it.
In the age where people are trying to reach internet fame by any means necessary, buying followers makes you look super desperate. It’s really easy to pick out who buys their followers versus who organically grows theirs account. If you have 10,000 followers on Instagram, but only 20 likes on your picture after 24 hours, you will expose yourself and lose credibility.
Nothing worse than seeing something you put a lot of time and effort into creating be Columbused by someone else. Plagiarizing is an absolute no-no; you can put yourself at risk of being sued. Treat social media like you would when writing a paper for school: always cite your sources. If you’re using some else’s picture, video, quote make sure you give the owner some credit.
Sharing Too Much Personal Information
We all have our days where need to vent. There is a trend where people treat social media as their personal diary where they talk about any and everything going on their lives. While I understand it helps one cope, people should be really careful with the level of vulnerability they share online. There are billions of people on social media who could be watching you(even if your accounts are “private”). This means there are hella trolls lurking to feed on your energy, and people who can use your personal information against you.
Making Bigoted Posts
Even though we have the freedom of speech, it comes with a cost. Making bigoted and/or discriminatory comments about a specific group of people can put you in big trouble. There have been many stories of people losing jobs and endorsements because of something hateful they said about a certain race, religion, gender, sexual orientation on social media. There’s plenty of hate and negativity going on in our world, why not spread love and positivity?!
Whether you’re a corporate professional, an entrepreneur, an artist, or student, what you post online can either help, or hurt you. It is very important to be mindful of what you share on these public platforms because it can be used against you in the future. Also, you should be aware of thethings your friends and family members tag you in like photos or videos of a wild party where you did something crazy or said something that is highly offensive. If you believe it’s something that you do not want on your timeline for the world to see, don’t be afraid to untag yourself from the picture or video (or ask the original poster if you can be untagged). Better safe than sorry.
What are some other things that you think people should leave off of social media?
Nicole is the ‘Jill of all Trades.’ This New Jersey native isnan English teacher, a writer, a history buff, a former collegiate track and field athlete, and a plant based foodie. She gained her global perspective after studying abroad to Hong Kong and Singapore. Since then, Nicole has been on a mission to inspire Millennials to take the leap abroad as well as live a healthy and active lifestyle. Stay updated on her latest adventures by following her on Instagram @nic_nac93 (http://instagram.com/nic_nac93) or her blog (http://nicole-antoinette.com).