INSIDE: Social Media Do’s & Don’ts

Social Media Do’s & Don’ts

Why is it important to pay attention to how you’re using social media?

You may have heard that hiring managers, college admissions offices, and virtually anyone hiring will look at social media sites before making their decisions about potential employees.  This is true! How can you make sure that you’re putting your best foot forward online? Here are six simple social media do’s and don’ts that will help you sidestep potential pitfalls and stay a step ahead.

 

Do …

  1. Always use proper grammar and spelling. If you can’t form a sentence in writing, people may think you aren’t very smart. When your grammar and spelling is terrible, nobody is going to take the time to decipher your intended message.
  2. Generate positivity. A positive image is always a great image. Posting positive quotes, thoughts, and ideas are all great ways to promoting a positive social media presence. Share your accomplishments, articles you’ve written, etc. People want to know all of the amazing things you do, so share away! Always keep in mind that there is a fine line between bragging and celebrating your accomplishments, but this should not prevent you from posting about your achievements.
  3. Maintain your accounts. Update daily, if possible. You do not want to lose followers/friends due to lack of posting. At the same time, you want to make your posts meaningful and worth reading.

 

Don’t …

  1. Post overly opinionated content. Everyone has different views and opinions. Make sure you don’t come off as extreme, close-minded, or judgmental when posting highly opinionated content. Avoid particularly controversial subjects like political and religious issues. By all means, have opinions! Just share them respectfully.
  2. Be offensive to others. Whenever you are angry or upset about something, you might be tempted to post about why you are angry or even about with whom you are angry. Posting negative things about others only negatively reflects on you. The infamous golden rule that we have all heard time and time again goes for social media as well. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all!
  3. Spend too much time on social media. Social media is important, but it shouldn’t be your whole life. You want to have a strong social media presence, but you should balance this strong presence with your face-to-face life. Don’t forget to actually go out and live your life!

Your online identity is created and maintained solely by you. Take the time and care to be your best. Follow these do’s and don’ts to really make your social media presence clean, powerful, and positive. In the long run, you’ll be happy that you did.

 

Gabriella Cutruzzula, National Vice-President of Community Service 

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