10 Things You Shouldn’t Use Social Media For

Now that I’ve introduced you to the 8 Social Media Tools That Your Small Business Needs to be Using, it is time to discuss some important social media don’ts. In the world of Google Cache, nearly everything you put out there on the Internet is there to stay for all eternity. While some of these suggestions might be common sense, you’d be surprised at the type of information that makes its way to the public courtesy of social media. Without further ado, I present you 10 things you shouldn’t use social media for.

  • Don’t Tweet about hating the job you will have if you accept a new job offer. A Cisco job offer and ultimate reversal of said job offer made quite a news story last year.
  • Don’t talk about the Grand Opening party of the new gentleman’s club in Las Vegas if you know your wife is following your Tweets.
  • Don’t rave about your new hack proof tool because it isn’t hack proof and someone will quickly prove it.
  • Don’t talk bad about your competition because you may one day find yourself out of a job and looking for employment with said competition.
  • Don’t post funny or compromising photos from high school or college. Even if you think your account is secure, this will come back to haunt you. I promise.
  • Don’t comment on your new super sexy or hunky coworker. Can we say sexual harassment lawsuit? Yes we can!
  • Don’t post about your daughter’s potty training mishaps because she may one day grow up to be President of the United States and we’ll all know what she did at two.
  • Don’t get your social media accounts mixed up. If you run an adult entertainment business and a family-centered nonprofit, make sure you’re logged into the right account before posting.
  • Don’t post a play-by-play of your last-minute trip to Vegas if you called in sick to work or you may find yourself out of a job.
  • Don’t forget that anything you post has the potential to be seen by everyone. Understand the permanence of the Internet and social media and use it wisely!

What social media don’ts would you add to this list?

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Melissa is a tech geek that loves writing, loves her kids and loves a little controversy. She's raising two next-gen bloggers to take her place one day.

Comments

  1. Mike Cassidy says:

    “Don’t get your social media accounts mixed up. If you run an adult entertainment business and a family-centered nonprofit, make sure you’re logged into the right account before posting.”
    Please! If you are doing both, we need to talk — what an odd convergence.