One of my favorite social media myths is that it’s easy. To engage in social correctly, so few understand the time, effort, budget and commitment that it takes. Too often, there are folks who think that they best way to get involved in social media is to open an account on every single channel and then start blasting their thoughts, comments, photos, check-ins and videos out to the world.
When this happens, the awkward moment often occurs when your friends are faced with the challenge of either telling you that what you’re doing makes them not only want to unfriend, unfollow, and unsubscribe to your life, but take away every electronic device you own, as well.
So…before you decide to become the “king of social media” and own every channel, document every meal, and engage in every online argument you can find, you might just take a moment to think about whether those in your life really want that much information. Take a moment and step back and look at your updates like others might see them. Are you a fascinating world traveler sharing exciting photos or your destinations and the regional cuisine that would interest your followers? Or are you just taking photos of your latest burger at Jack-In-The-Box?
Think of it this way…are you really contributing to the online conversation with your posts and tweets? Or are you just contributing to the noise that clogs up the digital pipeline?
Have examples of social media habits that just shouldn’t be shared? Feel free to drop them into a comment! Would love to hear what status updates turn other off.