There are numerous things that I wouldn’t do on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and when I look at my newsfeed, sometimes I am amazed at it’s contents. So when I received Mashable’s article, 12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media, via email, I thought, ‘perhaps not everyone is aware of these social media faux pas?’ And let’s face it; it’s not just students that make this mistakes.
So, here you go. 5 things that no one should do on social media:
1. Don’t over share.
This includes, but is not limited to your phone number, home address, work address, social security number (who would post that anyways?), and full birthday. Publicly provided this type of information makes you quite vulnerable to online predators and identity thieves.
2. Don’t vent about or bash professors, coworkers, or superiors.
You’d think that this one was a no brainer, but I have seen numerous Facebook status updates that violate this rule. Even with privacy settings, you never know who is viewing your page. Teachers can’t fire you for insubordination, but your employer can.
3. Don’t brag about a job or promotion that you have received before it has been announced.
This one drives me nuts. Not only is it rude, it’s also very unprofessional. Remember the ‘Cicso fatty’ incident? I, personally, feel that if a person is caught doing this, he or she should be stripped of the new title.
4. Don’t overuse the website’s location application.
This is dangerous for a few reasons. Although it allows your friends to see where you are at every waking minute, it also showcases your location to everyone with an account. This would include creepy online predators, obsessive exes, and anyone you may have pissed off. Posting that you’ll be on vacation isn’t a good either. You may as well leave your unattended home unlocked with the door wide open; it’s begging to be ransacked.
5. Don’t post compromising photos of yourself.
You may think that rule only refers to underaged college students with drinks in their hands, but there is so much more to it than that. Think former New York Congressman Christopher Lee. What he did wasn’t illegal, but it definitely shed a bad light on him and his organization.