We all have them. That person who posts things on Facebook that evokes the… “Really?” response. I petition that those people should have all their social media rights revoked. Like right now.
Dear social media TMI-ers: I promise, no one cares about how much you love your boyfriend/girlfriend, how you had an epiphany about how great your life is, how drunk you got last night or any other ridiculous thing that you sully people’s social media feeds with.
While this type of social media TMI-er is obnoxious, the problem of social media over-sharing is a serious issue and something that needs to be taken seriously.
It’s important to remember that there are private messages, direct messages, text messages, email and the phone for all those private things that shouldn’t be shared on your Facebook wall.
So what are the limits for what to share and what not to share publicly on social media platforms?
Here’s what I think are the hard limits for social media sharing:
- Professions of Love: NO ONE wants to read sappy love letters between you and your boo. So don’t do it.
- Inappropriate Pictures: Would you want your boss to see this picture? No? Then don’t post it on social media. Potential employers do background checks, so if your profile picture is of you doing a keg stand, they might question your professionalism.
- Specific Plans: There’s no need to share publicly where you’ll be at any given moment. For safety reasons it’s a good idea to keep that information on the down-low.
- Work Rants: Worst case scenario, a friend-of-a-cousin-of-a-friend-of-a-brother who you work with will find out, and then tell your boss, and then you’ll be fired.
- Not-Yet-Released Information: (See above)
- Your Kid’s Photos: On a serious note, the world does have predators, and it’s important to keep your family and kid’s pictures restricted and limited on social media.
- Personal Information: Keep addresses, private phone numbers, financial information off of social media. It’s not for the general population to have access to.
- Anything You Don’t Want the World to Know: It’s a no brainer, but you need to know that anything you share on social media has the potential to be all over the Internet. So remember that next time you upload that picture or post that status.
Spare yourself the potential consequences and everyone else the pain of reading the horrific things that you post on social media.
Next time, stop, think, and then think again, “Do I really want to post this?”
~ Miss Soucie