There are many horror stories about people getting fired, divorced, or sent to jail because of information they freely posted on a social media web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
Most of these recommendations seem like common sense, but many people do not seem to have any when it comes to social media.
I am going to list ten obvious social media “no no’s.” Please add two or three more to the list.
Social Media No No’s
1. Never post anything negative or private about your job. This includes talking bad about employers, coworkers, work studies, students, interns, or the cleaning crew.
2. Don’t constantly talk often about not feeling well. Prospective employers may use this information against you when making a hiring decision.
3. Don’t share too much private information. There are crazy people out there who stalk Twitter and other social media. It may not be wise to post your location.
4. Don’t use vulgar and inappropriate language. It’s just not right.
5. Don’t say anything that you would not show your mother or that you would not post on a Billboard for everyone to see.
6. Don’t forget about context. Think about how your comments will sound when read out of context. Many of your Tweets or Facebook posts will be read without the surrounding context.
7. Don’t be rude. Respond to your “fans” or “friends.” It is poor etiquette not to respond to their comments especially when they are directed to you personally.
8. Do not post too much. There is no hard and fast rule about how much is too much, but too much is considered spamming.
9. Don’t rant – don’t talk excessively or negatively about your friends, husband, ex husband, politics, religion. You get the idea.
10. Don’t post inappropriate photos! Isn’t this obvious?
I can’t wait to see what you will share. Your comments are appreciated.
You may also want to read:
Facebook Etiquette for Business: How to Keep Your Fans (Elisa Pequini)
Most Annoying Online Faux Pas? Oversharing (Ned Smith)