Have you ever posted something on Social Media that you immediately regret due to the instantaneous, angry replies from your friends and/or followers?
I tend to hold back from these types of posts as I’ve never been much of a s*** disturber, so when I do post something that I care about or was thought provoking or maybe just good for a laugh in the afternoon, I often get frustrated with the comments.
This got me thinking about how much of my life revolves around Social Media and how I present myself on the many channels available. Because Social Media is a huge part of my day job, I find it really contradictory to my beliefs in the power of Social Media to private my accounts. The point is to connect, to inspire, to empower – so why censor ourselves?
Even though that little lock icon isn’t on any of my pages, I certainly do privatize some thoughts and edit everything I put out there because the simple fact is that everybody is watching – woah, a bit creepy actually!
Here a few rules that I’ve created for myself when it comes to my brand and the person I want to be online:
- Don’t swear: I am certainly guilty of this on occasion and I’m trying to get better, but just try to keep it clean!
- Angry? Sad? Frustrated? WAIT! STOP! Save that tweet to drafts and revisit that puppy later. I’m super sad that Gilmore Girls is no longer too, but there’s no reason to tweet about it 100 times.
- Don’t drink & Post: You’re out with your pals, you’ve had a few too many pints and you want to share it with the world. Instagram the 3 of you having a laugh and then put the phone away. No one needs to know you can’t finish your Denny’s breakfast at 2:30am because you can’t lift up your head long enough to shove that pancake in your mouth.
- Don’t react to negative posts! Someone saying something about you or someone you know? Don’t say anything publicly. If it’s a really hurtful comment, call or text them.
- Watch the sarcasm – know your audience! Again, guilty. Sometimes sarcasm just doesn’t translate, especially to certain age group.
- Don’t post anything you aren’t willing to have a real, face-to-face conversation about. Girl, don’t hide behind those QWERTY keys – stand up for what you believe in!
- BE YOU! And if being you means a selfish, bigoted, jerk… then maybe click that lock button!
Have a wonderful day.