What Do Your Social Media Updates Say About You?

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.

Anti-Social Social Networking Comic - Are You Turning Off Your Friends With Your Status Updates?

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.


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  1. Harold Gardner says

    The TMI posts about stuff that should stay private; particularly when someone is angry with her partner.

  2. Doug Wolfgram says

    This is so true it is painful. Thanks!

  3. Scott Bergman says

    One man’s noise maybe another man’s treasure.

  4. Simon Robinson says

    And maybe it’s time to take note when your friends complain about your check-ins on Facebook – if they don’t like it they’re giving you a clue – listen to them! After reading this I’m going to disconnect my Four Square account from Facebook!

  5. Luba Brezhev says

    “One look is worth a thousand words” (Printer’s Ink, December 1921.)

    Frederick R. Barnard

  6. Tom Laing (@tomlaing) says

    The private stuff should stay private, but I don’t mind making an eclectic contribution to the noise.

  7. Corporatethief Beats says

    haha I’d say you just turned some heads on EA with this !

  8. Lynn O'Connell says

    I have one friend who is suffering through a personal crisis on full blast on Facebook. Several people have tried to get her to see that misery does not love company, but she is so hurt and angry that she can’t help it. I can only hope she goes back and deletes some of the worst TMI posts after she gets through it.

  9. A great article, thank you for the insight.

  10. hahaha… nice post sean 🙂

    then i think we must keep our personal account and blog account keep separate 🙂

  11. Laura Blair says

    The TMI posts about the emotional drama people have in their lives, or the vague post that hint at something high drama make me roll my eyes. The first makes me sad that people may not feel they have a friend to PM and the other is just a cry for attention. I also don’t like it when I post something on my page that reflects my views on a topic and people feel the need to push their personal beliefs on everyone around. I’m good with civil discourse, but don’t tell me I’m going to hell or that my friends are going to hell.

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