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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?

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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.

Cheers!
–Sean

Laura Blair

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

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.

Yecruzsulla

Sunday 27th of January 2013

hahaha... nice post sean :)

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

Alamantra

Saturday 5th of January 2013

A great article, thank you for the insight.

Lynn O'Connell

Sunday 30th of December 2012

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.

Corporatethief Beats

Wednesday 7th of November 2012

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