LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and whatever comes next: They can be fun, but also a major distraction and time-killer. We all know that social media is here to stay, and our kids will be more proficient that we will ever be! So how do we balance our virtual life with our real life?
Try these do’s and don’ts:
Do: Embrace it – your social network is an extension of you. Try the newest site/app, grow your network, learn something new about the people you know
Don’t: Abuse it – Keep posts brief and occasional. Try to limit checking and posting to once/day.
Do: Keep things positive – Share moments or tidbits that will make others happy too. Activities, parties, kids, babies, pets, travels, or entertainment are great topics.
Don’t: Bring others down with negativity – There’s a reason Facebook removed the “dislike” option. People do not like to hear others complain about other people, politics, work, money, or business.
Do: View this as a public scrapbook that lasts forever. It’s great for recording memories, capturing who you are as a person, and it’s great for conversation starters!
Don’t: Post anything that could come back to bite you – Even though certain social networks are private, some companies look at your social media reputation in the same way they view your resume. So before you hit “Post,” ask yourself, “How would I feel if someone read this post back to me 10 years from now?”