The world is becoming a place where it is easier to be heard, and social media plays a huge part in that. For instance, you could tweet something funny, someone could retweet it, and twelve thousand retweets later you feel like a comedian. This also works in ways like communicating with celebrities or getting ahold of that crush you had in Kindergarten. The point is, that what you say can and will be read. This is what makes the internet so dangerous if you do not think about the consequences of what you say.
I can relate to Winston Brooks. I tend to say things in person that just come out and I don’t realize how they could be perceived until I am begging for forgiveness. This is the fault in our society and in social media. Being in person, there a lot of factors to determine conversations. There is body language, tone, facial expressions, and what you say can’t be retweeted thousands of times. This problem can be easily avoided in social media with some of these tips and tricks:
- Always take in to consideration how your words could be perceived. It won’t hurt to ask a friend or colleague if what you are about to post may sound offensive or could be taken the wrong way.
- Remember who you are, and what could be on the line before you post something that may raise a few heads.
- It’s easy to get caught up in conversations, but sometimes it may be better to keep your thoughts to yourself. Jokes about people may seem harmless, but can be offensive to others who may not even be involved.
- Trolls are real. They will try to start arguments with you, try to twist your words, and may even say offensive things. The key is to ignore them. It’s not worth your time or hurting your image to shut these people up.
- People will do anything for drama. Twitter fights are one of the most common types of drama entertainment. It’s better to keep your subtweets to yourself.
- Subtweets are a whole other aspect of Twitter that may get you in trouble. If you don’t want to put an @ name, it’s probably better you don’t say it. People like to assume everything is about them and they may get you in to more trouble than you ask for.
- When in a professional position, it’s even harder to avoid judgment, so recognize that you won’t always get positive feedback and keep your head up. As long as you stick to your morals, you’re doing good.
- Spontaneous content may not always be the best content. Always THINK before your post anything, remember it never goes away.
There are many more ways to avoid damaging your personal and business image, overall, the best rule is to trust your gut, and if you can’t do that, you might not be cut out for the social media business.