It’s incredibly tempting nowadays to let the world know what you’re up to, especially with options like Instagram Stories and Facebook Live that, in a way, force us to keep our friends updated. In our excitement to share our current status, it’s easy to forget who our viewers could be and what’s really at stake when we go public.
Before you decide to share that next photo or random rant, consider the following tips for achieving impressive, professional #feedgoals:
- Treat all netizens with respect – This is pretty much the Golden Rule of netiquette, or Internet etiquette. This extends to: respecting those who disagree with you (no matter how unreasonable they may be), observing appropriate language (especially for the sake of minors who can also see your posts), and avoiding all the Don’ts which are listed below.
- Verify before sharing – Not only is it embarrassing to let everyone you know see how easily you can get carried away by clickbait or misleading headlines, but making sure to double-check your facts before reposting is a sign of carefulness in the simple things. There are several ways to be sure of your post, including: double checking the source’s URL, making sure the article’s grammar is correct, and searching for legitimate articles with the same information.
- Keep personal information to a minimum – Nowadays, it’s hard to tell just how many ways people can use your information to their advantage. To stay safe online, you might want to hide the information that should only be known by those closest to you or those who are relevant to your career and/or studies (your address, contact details, birthday, etc.). Better safe than sorry!
- Initiate gossip– In all its forms, gossiping is never pretty. As the saying goes, when you try to ruin someone, it says more about you than it does the other person. Plus, potential employers and online spectators may strongly assume that instead of being the type of person who uplifts and corrects others, you would rather sensationalize things and put people down. Yikes!
- Complain/post conflicts – Much like the impulse to gossip, how a person deals with conflicts and struggles says a lot about them. Excessive complaints only show a lack of self-control and professionalism, as well as one’s inability to face the challenge head-on and in private. It pays to be careful, and it will save you from bad impressions that would harm your chances of future employment.
- Reveal intimacy – There’s a fine line between adorable and cringe-y posts with one’s significant other. The truth is, we’ve all seen examples of the latter against our liking. As much as the general public would like to celebrate your love and affection for each other, it would be best to keep such posts to a minimum –for privacy’s sake, at least.
- Discuss money matters/show off – There’s never an appropriate time to expose the current state of your wallet to hundreds of online friends (read: humble brag). Whether you are experiencing abundance or debt, don’t compromise your reputation by appearing needy or boastful. Face it: you wouldn’t want to be known for being either of the two!
- Bad-mouthing a former workplace/employer – There are better ways to express criticism, and posting rants about a former company’s flaws definitely isn’t one of them. Apart from the fact that your complaints aren’t likely to reach the authorities who can actually address those issues, you’re more likely to carry over that bad habit when you move onto the next job.
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