Social media has become a popular communication tool for businesses, corporations and consumers alike. Websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make it easy to keep in contact with friends and family, but it’s important to keep etiquette in mind. Here are 4 things you should avoid doing on social media:
Complaining about your job
Maybe a coworker is getting on your nerves or your boss is hard to work with, but don’t complain about your job on social media. Although you may think your privacy settings are on, nothing on the Internet is really private. If you wouldn’t want your boss to see your status or message, then don’t post it.
Getting in online arguments
It’s one thing to share your opinion on a post or reply to a message, but it’s a whole other thing to get into an argument. If you feel the need to argue with someone, save everyone else the grief and resolve the situation in person.
Uploading excessive amounts of pictures
It’s fun to share pictures to keep your family, friends and colleagues updated on your life, but mass amounts of pictures will do more harm than good. Much like complaining about your job, nothing is really private on the Internet. So if you aren’t comfortable with your boss or coworkers stumbling across your weekend pictures, don’t post them.
Sharing personal information
You may think it’s harmless to have your email, phone number and/or address available on your social media profiles but it can result in serious consequences. If you have your address available online, you become more vulnerable towards burglaries and identity theft. Even if you just post your phone number that’s enough information for someone to retrieve your home address.
When it comes to social media, it’s wise to err on the side of caution when sharing personal information. For more social media don’ts, visit How Stuff Works.