Responsible Social Media: How to Avoid Looking Like an Idiot Online

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According to an article in Yahoo, Filipinos spend 53 hours a week on social media while the global average is only 42 hours. That’s an 11-hour difference not to mention the fact that we lag way behind other countries in terms of internet speed.

Just imagine the world of possibilities this presents. This figure shows the massive power social media holds over people and it is up to us to make it work to our advantage. You know what they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Resistance is futile.

Social media can make or break us. At this day and age, it is considered obsolete to gather information from people through resumes, bio data, and over the phone. There’s Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and several others ready to give employers so much more than what they need to know and in this case, it’s best to exercise caution in whatever we choose to share online.

Let’s be real, we’re all guilty of embarrassing ourselves online but if you need reminders and tips on responsible social media, read on. It’s time to avoid looking like a complete idiot in the Interweb.

  1. Avoid using social media profiles at all cost when you’re intoxicated.

No one prevents you to have a good time but please don’t try to post party pictures with inappropriate content better left inside closed doors. Also, this situation breeds impulsive posting decisions that you may regret in the morning like writing a heated status about your boss or a desperate attempt to win your ex back.

  1. Try to minimize if not totally eradicate doing a “pointless rant.”

A pointless rant is when you say something sharp and negative about a product or service without any intention of reaching a brand representative who could help you with your problem. It’s rude, unprofessional, childish, and a waste of time.

  1. Don’t pick a fight with anyone.

What are you going to do? Caps lock them to death?

  1. Take time to read privacy guidelines and use them wisely.

Here’s a rule of thumb for responsible social media usage; if you are hesitant about posting anything, don’t bother. There are a lot of predators out there ready to use the information you willfully shared against you.

Do not share personal and financial information. Remember, the more you give away, the  harder it will be to manage.

  1. Review your username.

You have the liberty to choose how you want to be named in the virtual world but choose wisely. This is critical for personal branding, WeednesdayAddams_420.

  1. Review the validity of the articles you share.

Spreading misinformation is a crime that we often unknowingly commit. Be wary of satiric articles, okay? Let’s exercise responsible knowledge sharing. Do it for the children.

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Dangers presented by the internet like cyber bullying are on a rampage which can severely hurt a reputation or worse, rob someone of their life.  So before anything blows out of proportion, make sure to contribute to the Internet peace through responsible social media. And besides, is there even a single soul out there who wants to humiliate himself online or offline?

Are there any social media practices that you find annoying or destructive? Feel free to share them in the comment section below!