When it comes to sharing on social media, it’s important to always remember that the message is there for the world to see.
Not just at the time that it’s sent, but there’s a chance it could come back to haunt you in the future too.
It’s always essential to really think about what you’re sharing and not only what it says to others, but what it says about you.
No matter what, these are are the top five things you must never share.
1. Pictures of You Partying Hard
The majority of people drink, the majority of people party, and the majority of people have had one too many.
Being wasted is so normalized that places like Stop Drinking Expert exist to help people learn how to only drink when they want to, not because they think they have to.
No one is saying you can’t party and have fun, but people do think it’s strange that you would voluntarily share images and videos of you drunk out of your mind and throwing up for the world to see.
It sends a signal that this person is out of control, they don’t value what others think about them, and they are reckless. I.e., don’t associate with them.
2. Sharing Offensive Opinions on Social Media
There is a huge difference between sharing your sincere opinion about a topic and just being rude.
For example, let’s say you disagree with the current president’s policies. Sharing a post that says “I believe we can do better than this!” is fine because it’s just an opinion.
If instead, you share one that reads “All the president’s supporters are disgusting sub-human monsters who deserve to die!” then you’ve crossed a line by a mile.
Anyone who sees that post will think that you are an angry, close-minded, and cruel person.
Always ask yourself: “does this post share my thoughts/opinions in a fair and balanced way?” Again, you can say and think whatever you like, but once you put it online, the internet can take it out of context and destroy you.
3. Posts About How Much Work Sucks
We all like to share our grievances and it feels nice when others agree with us or say they feel the same way.
But if you have even one colleague or boss connected to your social media accounts then that is sometimes all it takes for disaster to strike. Over 30% of people admit to searching other colleagues or competitors.
Even if you don’t, future employers may see your posts and get the impression that you’re someone who doesn’t like working and likes to complain.
4. Drama About Others
The things that happen in your personal relationships don’t need to go on the internet.
If you don’t like someone or something they said, then have a conversation with them in person. It’s not only a better way to communicate but is more likely to result in a positive outcome.
On the internet, people are quick to respond and often get as nasty as they want meaning statements are taken at the wrong tone and context.
Anyone seeing you do this will not only think poorly of you, but they will also worry that you may call them out on social media in the future too.
5. Your Personal Problems
You have an infection and it’s been getting you down so you reach out to social media for some sympathy. Or maybe someone cheated on you or your clothes don’t fit as well anymore.
Whatever it is, the internet is not the place to openly discuss your issues and share posts relating to them. It makes you look needy and crying for attention which can be very damaging to your reputation.
Just because a post makes you laugh or triggers a sincere emotional reaction does not mean it’s a good idea to share it.
Always take a breath and think about the possible consequences that could occur.
If you want advice or have already made some mistakes online then don’t worry. Just check out our other online reputation guides to help you improve.