Are you really sure no one is reading your profile?

Dear readers,

Let me set the record straight.

If you have a social media account of any sort, whether it’s Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, a blog or Google+ or some form of network that allows you to stay in touch, stalk and/or communicate with people - your life is public. 

Regardless of how many privacy controls you’ve set or what you think you have locked away, more often than not, someone, somewhere would have heard of you or known you. They or a mutual friend would be able to access pictures of your drunk-arsed self, heard about your various shenanigans, checked out the people that you hang out with, read your self-absorbed status updates, seen you go from being single, to in a relationship, to married or are currently available or read your bitchy comments about clients or people in general. You may think that you are cool, but at the end of the day, random people will end up knowing a heck lot more about you than you could possibly imagine.

So what is the deal with social media then? It’s pretty simple, really. Either you learn how to use it wisely or you don’t use it at all.

Today, the misuse of social media is one of the leading concerns that people have. More and more people are getting fired, sued, divorced and jailed because of it. Just look at Wikileaks, ask your friends or simply read the thousands of articles online about people who abuse social media platforms who thought that no one reads their materials. How many times have you heard the phrase: ‘my boss will never read that?’ The claim that what you post on your profile is private and is only your view no longer holds true. Whether you like it or not, potential employers, recruiters, customers, new boyfriends/girlfriends, friends, the media etc are using social media channels to learn as much as they can about you.

Everyone is guilty of using social media to their advantage. Therefore, why not use it wisely or responsibly?

You don’t have to be a drone to create an interesting profile that plays to your strengths. Instead of posting inane updates, think about what you are posting. And who will be seeing it. Do you really want members of your family to know that you had a wild night with the boys? Sure you can un-tag those photos but can you control anyone else from putting them online in the first place? How does it reflect on you? Will this be good or bad for your public profile? Don’t just check-in at every place you go to. How about highlighting the interesting aspects of the places that you are visiting instead?

It’s not difficult to maintain your public profile if you are smart about it. I’m sure that you have a thousand different opinions and thoughts but at the same time, it’s good to step back once in a while, to check that you don’t go overboard. Sharing is one thing, showing everyone that you are a self-absorbed fool is another thing entirely.  The onus is entirely on you to show people who you are.

After all, some one is reading it.


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