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What Is Appropriate to Share Online?

Learn what is appropriate to share online from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video.


Hi, I am Faye de Muyshondt with Social Sklz, here to teach you what is appropriate to share online. The nature of social media is yes, that it's all about you and it's sort of very, very self absorbed way of sharing information. But there are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind as you are posting online. The day-to-day mundane tasks really aren't appropriate for social media. So, for example, how many times do I log on to Twitter or Facebook to find out about what someone ate for lunch or what happened during breakfast on any given day?

Now, if it's something that's really unique and different or a milestone, go ahead and share it. But, the general idea is that you're not sharing your day-to-day life online. When you log onto Facebook, you see that there is called a newsfeed. So, news is something that's newsy or something that is new or different. Keep in mind what newspapers share, it's breaking News, its features, it's really interesting stuff. They're not going to share the really boring day-to-day things that happen. So use that as a rule of some for your posting. Also, limit the amount of posts that you do about your past. There's nothing worse than logging on to see someone's past constantly being shared online.

For example, if you happen to be in high school, sharing about elementary school, or if you're in college and constantly sharing about your past sporting life, can get a little bit dull. A post or two on that topic in the past is fine. But, limit your post to the present, to the future, to the things that really matter, to the things that are unique and different. As you're interacting on social media, try to be different too, as you share a post, as you share things on Twitter. Oftentimes we see people sharing the same sort of thing, the same post, they sharing the same videos. Try to be different, try to vary your posts and also, whenever you can, use humor. There's nothing like a little bit of self-deprecating humor. Those are just a few helpful tips on what you should share online.

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