It is common for people to use social media sites as a personal diary. They document their lives and their world and share it with others. Friends are the audience and messages are the new diary. There is almost no effective communication. Social media is not the problem. It’s the way people use it rather than actual personal socialization. Many mistakenly assume that their worth pleases others with their stories and jokes. Social media is not responsible for today’s ills. We’re just using it wrong, and it’s time for that to change.
So, are you guilty of oversharing? If the answer is yes, you are not really protecting yourself online. This sense of familiarity can backfire if you post too much information. Sharing too much can have long-term consequences for your social life, education and your job prospects. It is more important than ever to understand digital etiquette. Ideally, you should take some time off from social media. If that’s not an option, at least stop sharing too much. How? Let’s find out.
Find outlets other than social media
Social media has changed the way we interact with each other. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are rich in information, such as photos, personal beliefs and friends. This information can be helpful in deciding whether or not to start a friendship or screen an applicant for an interview. Sharing too much is an unconscious act – in other words, you don’t realize it until you leak information. More often than not, people share too much information that they wouldn’t normally share with a large audience if it were done face-to-face.
It is important to keep in mind that social media is not real life. Develop and nurture real-world relationships. Find the right way to share personal information, both in business and intimate relationships. Know when and how to disclose personal information. If you feel uncomfortable with the idea of sharing something, it’s better to keep things to yourself. Of course, you should not tell friends, colleagues or relatives everything about your life. if it hurts you, it’s none of their business.
Research your content before sharing it with the world
It doesn’t matter if you post once a month or daily, read the content carefully before sharing. Be aware when using the power of social media. It is almost impossible to delete the content you have shared online. Even if you delete your Facebook or Instagram account, they will keep your data. In addition, you do not know who has already seen and/or stored that information. You may keep your content, but the social media platform has the right to use it in various ways without any compensation to you.
The background of your photos and pictures should not reveal any private information. For example, a photo taken in your home can catch sensitive information in the background. It’s a good idea to ask a friend to look at your photo/video before posting. If a message contains personal information, it can be used for scams and phishing attempts. Don’t share your routine or the places you visit regularly. If you display your school’s logo or company name, malicious parties will take advantage of it.
Be careful with third party apps
Be mindful of everything you have linked to your social media accounts. Third-party apps want to access your profile information and other things, so there is a risk that they come from phishing websites that collect information about you. It could be tools that scrape your data or games you play on your phone. The more apps have sensitive information, the greater the chance that this information will be misused. If you see an app that shouldn’t be there, immediately revoke access.
Think carefully about the photos you post
You’re so excited to share a photo of your restaurant meal that you don’t even notice the credit card in the corner of the frame. Please double check before uploading a photo. You can put your identity, relationships or your job at risk. Certain photos should never be posted on social media. Examples include, but are not limited to, money, business emails, children, announcements from others, memories of a drunken night, and someone else’s photos. Social media platforms must be used responsibly.
As surprising as it may seem, what you post online can be used as evidence against you. Let’s take an example. If you are involved in a personal injury case, photos can be used as evidence of your character or the activities you participate in. According to the experts at Accident Claims Advice, it’s easy for legal teams to get their hands on your social media posts, so it’s best not to post anything. If they find something that disproves your injury, they may reject your claim.
Separate personal and professional target groups
Something that you can share with your friends and family might be sharing too much with your colleagues and professional network. The lines between your personal and professional lives blur when your opinions, interests, and comments apply to a much wider area. This is exactly why you should separate profiles altogether. You can share things that suit all your viewers. Discretion is key, needless to say. Anyone can take a screenshot of anything you say, and you don’t even know it. It would be best to take precautions.
Clean up your network
Finally, but important, consider updating your privacy settings and deleting questionable posts. Personally identifiable information should stay away from social media platforms. If your social media life spans several years, you don’t want your family, friends, or prospective employers to see what kind of person you used to be. By clearing connections, space is created for the people with whom you are now closely connected. It is normal for friendships to change over time. See who is in your network and find out how they help you move forward.
Find out what data you want to protect and who you want to protect it from. It is advisable to get your phone number, address, name of relatives and income from the internet. Deleting your online presence is not the solution. You are only creating a void in the search engine results.