Here we go. It's time to discuss social media etiquette again. You just had to delete one more friend from your newsfeed on Facebook because if you have to read "Look what we're having for dinner tonight!" one more time you surely would have snapped and left a totally undiplomatic and not so nice comment on their thread. Oh how you wish just once you could.
But independent of the foodies, there are a few other things you should keep in mind when posting on social media. Obviously Pinterest peeps like food pics, Facebook peeps, not so much. We're just going to discuss the basics. True etiquette and maybe even some safety practices that should be mentioned again.
A lot of scammers communicated with their victims for months and months, gaining their trust, before passing over their personal account information or giving them money. Be very careful. This should go without saying but there is still thousands of people today that get scammed online. If you have any doubt, tell a friend or a confidante. You should always pay attention to your intuition. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Don't be so trusting and giving. There are nice people on social media. Find groups that you can join that are of like minded people.
2. Don't be negative.
You can go on and on about how shitty your day is but chances are you're talking to an empty room. You are probably pissed because nobody ever comments on any of your things on FB. People probably took you out of their feeds a long time ago. No one wants to read negative stuff all day long. It's tiring and it sucks the life out of them. Not only that, but how do you think you are going to feel after you shut down all your electronics for the night and head to bed? You will feel crappy. People want and need cheery happy stuff, that includes you. Try sharing happy stuff and see what happens.
3. Have public fights with other people.
Not with your friends or family or even a stranger. Just don't do it. It's pointless and will only agitate you. Fighting on public air is for people who have nothing better to do with their time and is for people who are angry all the time and just looking for a fight. Don't be that person. See #2. Just share happy stuff and hang out with the fun ones. You'll know the difference. If you see a fight ensuing, just bolt. Don't waste your time, or energy.
4. No nude baby photos or toddlers in bathtub pics.
Another one of those things that should go without saying but it must be said. Where do you think child predators get their photos from? You posted a pic of little 5-year-old Sarah again running around naked. This is so wrong. Please don't do that anymore unless you want your toddler to be the object of someone's desire. I'm not even joking. If you want to post pics of your kids, make sure they have all their clothes.
5. Speaking of nude pics.
Unless you are a porn star or stripper, keep your half naked pics to a minimum. Remember those predators we talked about? They stalk adults too. The internet isn't the safest place in the world, or as private as some people think. You share that pic with one too many people and you're done. Your safety is now in jeopardy. Be internet smart. Not everyone is your friend and not everyone has your best interest at heart.
Depending on which platform is your favourite, they do have fairly good privacy settings but remember it only takes one bad apple or one slip and privacy goes out the window. If you like to hang out on social media a lot, keep it fun, light, happy, silly if you want, but clean. Just because you never know. As much as the world is full of happy loving people, it still does have its fair share of lunatics and stalkers. Be smart.
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