If you are like most people today, you probably spend a lot of time on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and more take up a lot of our time through the day. Individuals and businesses alike use social media to connect, vent, and just be a part of the world. However, these sites can also be hurting your online reputation.
We Get Too Comfortable
When posting on social media, many people get way too comfortable. You are interacting with friends, and many times forget that there are others watching. This goes for individuals and businesses alike. However, it’s important to remember that others are around. The Internet is a public forum, and there is always someone watching. Don’t get too comfortable. If you wouldn’t say it on television or in front of your grandmother, don’t say it on Facebook or Twitter.
Lies are Easily Found Out
Have you ever called into work saying you were sick, then spent the day at the mall or on the beach? In the days before the Internet and social media, this was easy to do without getting caught. You might feel bad the next day, but unless you told someone, you might never get found out. However, with social media, your reputation could easily get trashed with a comment or photo about your day out. If you are friends with a coworker or your boss, this could ruin your career.
Arguments Get Heated
When you are passionate about something, it’s hard to stay calm, cool, and collected when someone else attacks it. This can apply to your political or religious views, your company, or anything else. However, getting into an argument online is useless. In most cases, these arguments end with no one looking good. Discussions are great, fights are not.
Inappropriate Pictures Show Your Bad Side
You may think that you are showing off a fun and flirty side of your personality when you post sexy pictures of yourself online. Or that a picture of you out drinking with your friends just shows that you know how to have a good time. In reality though, these pictures just show that you don’t know what is appropriate. Though it’s not always bad to have some of these pictures, remember, if you wouldn’t show it to your boss or family members, don’t put it online; chances are they’ll see it if you do.
Posting Too Much Info Can Cost You Your Identity
One of the biggest dangers of social media is that if you post too much information you could be at the mercy of identity thieves. With just the right amount of information, these people can ruin not only your online reputation, but also your credit score, your bank account, and more.
Social media is a great way to stay connected with friends, family, and coworkers across the world. However, it is important to make sure that you are careful about what you post and who sees it. Your online reputation can make or break a career.