What do you use social media for?
The Downright Ugly
How I deal with Social Media
- Who is it written by? Is it opinion or fact?
- Why and for what purpose was it written?
- Does it really matter?
My self preservation survival kit for Social Media
- Be Yourself
- Stay away from trouble
- Don’t believe everything you read
- Don’t believe everyone is as honest as you.
- Don’t be afraid to BLOCK
- Build on who you are in the real world – don’t compromise yourself
- Opinion is NOT knowledge or expertise
- Don't write anything you wouldn't say out loud
- Report unsuitable content. We all have a responsibility.
- You can’t do anything about how someone interprets what you say.
- Check followers and following of the user – it really does give you an insight into their personality
- Keep everyone’s intended uses in mind.
- If you wouldn’t put up with it in the real world, don’t put up with it in the virtual world.
- If in doubt, check it out
How do I weed out opinion from knowledge?
- I stay clear of any accounts with no profile pictures, hidden content or questionable content.
- Check followers and following and check timelines for other posts and comments
- If I like someone’s post or article, I check them out. I google them and check LinkedIn. The chances are authentic people will ensure they can be traced.
- Facebook search them. I’ve found people hiding behind aliases on Twitter use the same profile picture on Facebook and their real name and real identity. BUSTED!
- If they have a website or blog – check them out.
- Ask them questions. Genuine people are more than happy to discuss their credentials with you.
- Cautious embrace – I enjoy social media but reserve the right to withdraw!
- BLOCK, BLOCK, BLOCK.