Mind Your P’s & Q’s: Social Media

Though the first amendment does protect your right to free speech, that doesn’t mean that you can say whatever you want when it comes to social media sites (well you can but you risk getting kicked off AND becoming a social media outcast – YIKES!)

Remember, when you put something online, it’s there FOREVER. All it takes is one second for someone to copy and paste what you’ve written, even if the site you publish it on allows you to delete it after it’s been posted. That being said, when you’re having conversations on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) remember to act like you’re at a party. Stay away from politics and religion. Keep the conversation light and focused on the topic being discussed. The exception, of course, is if you have a religious or political-based social media profile.

Also, keep things professional. Just because social media offers a much more causal way to interact with people doesn’t mean that you should address people you’ve never met with the term ‘dude’ or ‘bro’ – you risk insulting people by acting so casually. However, once you get a conversation going and build a relationship with someone, it’s more than ok to communicate with them however you both feel comfortable.

Lastly, I highly recommend avoiding profanity in anything you post online. Profanity is not only offensive to many, but it also makes you look, sad to say, unintelligent. Intelligent people know how to articulate their feelings without dropping 72 f-bombs. More often than not, a comment/opinion/post is usually given more credibility and taken much more seriously if it is not laced with four-letter words.

Just a few things to think about before you hit send/publish/enter/share/etc.

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