Back in the mid 90′s I was amongst the very few early adopters to social networking of the people around me. Facebook was yet to make its way to be the homepage of many a boys and girls of my age and smartphones were more of a fictitious tech-wonder.
The scenario is way different now as I find my friends being online almost all the time, chatting or sharing content on facebook and twitter, finding time between their course-loads.
While I do appreciate the concept shedding the bar of cultural and geographical distances across the world, the amount of inappropriate content that I get to see on my home dash also turns me off.
Every coin has the other side and social media is by no means an exception either. We just have to be careful to flip the right one.
I think today we really need to be very careful about the kind of material we share on our profiles as it is of far more importance than we can actually imagine.
1. Don’t make your love-life public
Fights between the lovebirds — the common most update I come across on my homepage on facebook. Whenever one of my friends fights with his girlfriend, I find facebook a compulsory purgatory to receive frequent notifications of the new born philosophers, sharing a sip of the elixir of eternal happiness or teaching the mantras of the never-ending grief of life in the most abstracted prominent form.
Stop it! No one needs to know that your girlfriend just threw away all your shiny roses on the mud and left you stepping over them because you found it extremely normal to ignore the forty two text messages she had been sending for the last couple of days.
2. Frustrated posts and Swearing around
You might have had the worst day in your life. You broke up with your best friend, your pet dog died suddenly and your professor deprived you of the academic scores that was rightfully yours. But, facebook is not the place to puke out your frustration.
Anger are frustration are two very normal behaviours of human psychology and if not treated carefully, it can do more harm to your public profiles than you can ever imagine.
Swearing on facebook and crying on someone’s timeline is not considered as one of the smartest acts. Instead, make a call to your nearest and dearest one and talk to that person for long hours.
Be on social media only when you feel to be psychologically stable enough for it.
3. Embarrassing someone else
Okay, this is really serious. Just because your friend told you a secret does not mean it has to be shared across the internet when you are not in the best of the terms with her. Or, sharing the darkest secrets of your friend on twitter might seem a fair revenge for you but it is a serious offense for your friend which she doesn’t deserve at all.
People with some sense of moral sanity would start portraying you as a dog chasing cars, seldom knowing what to do when you catch one.
“Internet’s written in ink, not in pencil.”
4. Spamming your own board
Spamming others’ boards is the most common act of the first generation web-masters. But sometimes you seldom realise that when you were desperately trying to publicise your website, you were slowly killing the value of your own profile. Spamming your own profile is as much harmful as spamming others’. It blocks the number of creative interactions you might have end up doing.
5. Inappropriate apps and images
Be very careful with the kind of media you upload and its consequences upon your social image. Your friend might have clicked you dressing up in your bedroom. But, there is no reason why you should make it public.
What might be a fun act amongst best buddies might be considered an obscenity to others even it is intended for mere harmless fun.
Also, be careful about the content you get tagged in. Avoid those ‘this is not what it seems to be‘ images. Cut yourself out of such silly posts. And if untagging yourself seems being too rude to your friends, simply hide the update from your timeline.
At the end of the day, your profile represents YOU. Give enough importance to the way it portrays you virtually. If an act seems inappropriate in a real world scenario, it has more or less the same effect online. Relieve your online profiles from being a pit-hole of useless content.
Remember, once you have made an update, it would be seen my hundreds of people by the time you finally realise what you have done. So, think twice before hitting the ‘post’ button.