Think Before You Tweet, Post, Blog

In a generation where social media is extremely popular it is easy for many to state their own personal opinions without thinking about how it will affect others first. What you put out on social media sites, stays on social media sites. What you post on social media sites, is a direct representation of yourself, it reflects your character and allows others to know the type of person that you are. Be careful what you say because once its out there, it is out there for good.

Like many young adults in this day and age I am a huge fan all the different ways to communicate through social media such as, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Pinterest and even text messaging. It’s important for people to  understand that there is a proper way to use social media and also an improper way. Whatever we post on social media sites is out there for good, even if you delete it, there is still a way for it to be retrieved. We need to understand that not everyone is our friends, not everyone needs to know all of our business and not everyone can be trusted.

Today, before most employers decide to hire a person one of the first things they do is visit their Facebook or Twitter to get some additional background information on them. What does your Facebook say about you? If you are posting pictures of you in scandalous clothing and playing beer pong with friends that’s already going to give the employer an idea of the type of person that you are. Be sure to be aware of everything that you post it is a direct reflection of your overall character. If you are constantly posting sad and depressing things then that will give people the impression that you are a sad and depressed individual. On the flip side if you post things that help others and is always positive then that will be the character that people will expect for you to have.

One of my biggest pet peeves is to see people post negative things about a particular person or group on social media sites. Don’t you realize that by doing this you are way worse than that person? Not only is it childish to post rude remarks about others but it is also very disrespectful. When you spread rumors about other people that affects the way others view them as well, which can ruin some of the relationships they have. It is important to approach people face to face with any issues that you may be experiencing with them. This will solve so many controversies.

Lastly, I want to mention that even though social media can be a fun way to communicate with others, do not forget the traditional ways of communicating. It’s always great to sit down and have a face to face conversation with someone. It is also exciting to get a call and be able to hear someone’s voice rather than engage in a super-long-text conversation. So remember that from time to time make an effort to go back to these old methods.

Overall with everything that you do, be careful with what you tweet, post, blog and say to others.

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


6 thoughts on “Think Before You Tweet, Post, Blog

  1. As majors in communications I think our Facebook pages say a lot about us. If you think about it as we are our own brand and what we post on Facebook or Twitter shows people what to expect from us. Social networking sites are the number one place for future employers to really get to know the real us. This is a very good topic to touch on as we are getting closer to graduation and entering the real world.

  2. I completely agree with you. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the “real-world” is not really so far away from happening and before we know it, we will all be graduating and trying to find jobs. I feel as though we all have those “friends” on social media that post jaw-dropping pictures and posts that make you wish you could share the advice in this blog post with. One thing that has bothered me about facebook is their changing privacy settings. This makes it that much more important to be a high self-monitor is these situations. John Leiby also commented on this in the most recent PRSSA meeting and I think it is something that stuck with me as I start to continue my job search. Nice post!

  3. I like that you mentioned the importance of the old fashioned, face-to-face communication. This generation is totally consumed in their smartphones and social media networks that it really is taking face-to-face conversation out of the picture. Even the new apps that our smartphones provide take away that aspect. You can deposit checks from your smartphone by simply taking a picture, which means interaction with a bank teller isn’t needed. There are so many apps that keep our noses in our phones that we don’t even need to watch TV to access that information. I know accessing information that way is much quicker and convenient, which is obviously why we now have it, but I think we are depending on our cellphones too heavily in order to communicate. It’s rare that I use a phone call rather than texting someone to say what I need to say. However, I will say that one positive feature that smartphones have given us to communicate is FaceTime.

    • Yes, smartphones are taking over! I use the take a picture to deposit a check app quite frequently and I really enjoy that capability. I love the advancement in technology but I do see how it takes away from the traditional ways of communicationing which is of great importance.

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