Social media is a valuable tool. Be sure you know how to use it for good—and not in a way that comes back to “bite” you!
This means it is critical that you utilize basic etiquette and common sense. What you post should foster a positive online identity.
Ask yourself the following questions before posting:
Will I offend anyone with this content? If so, who? Am I prepared for the response?
Is this appropriate for social media, or would it best be communicated another way (e.g. telling one friend)? Am I using social media as an emotional “dumping ground?” If so, why? Is a different outlet more suited for this?
Will I be okay with absolutely anyone seeing this? Forever?
Does this post make me look or sound unprofessional?
If I am trying to develop a personal brand, is this post too vague? Am I making my intended point?
Is my post a reaction to something too quickly—or is it well thought out?
Consider these questions before clicking “post,” or change all your settings to “private.” You’ll be happy you double-checked before making a slip-up that becomes public to the world and never really disappears.
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