With the advancement of technology, there is a whole new world online that has different set of norms. If you are planning to post a statement, a video, a picture, an article, or a selfie on your Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media, there are important things you should first consider.
- Don’t post crimes you have committed. A lot of ‘gangsters’ in New York got caught because they “rep their sets” Facebook or post how “hard” they are on Twitter, which the police can use as evidence against them. Also don’t post things like you grow weed, torture animals, or cook crack.
- Don’t post hate speech. Don’t post racist remarks. Or religiously offensive statements. It only shows how ignorant and insecure you are.
- If it is too sensitive, pm it don’t post it. If it about a death in the family, someone going to rehab, a divorce, or any other sensitive subject, maybe it is better that you send it as message and not post it.
- Don’t solicit likes. “A baby needs surgery to survive, ‘like’ to send prayers for him” This sound like you are hungry for attention, and you are exploiting the baby’s unfortunate condition.
- That person may not want you to include him in your post. Maybe that person does not want the latest image of himself posted online. Then you took a picture with him, posted the image and tagged him. Your friendship might be in jeopardy after this.
- Don’t post something that might ruin your career. Your current employer and your future employer are on Facebook. Don’t post something that would make them not hire you.
- Don’t be ridiculous. Your post may be funny for you, but for other people, or perhaps an entire faction of people might not be happy about it.