What you shouldn’t share in Twitter or in Facebook

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Sunday, January 22, 2012

Almost everyone I know is now on Facebook and about 75% of those people use Twitter or Plurk. Sometimes it’s good to keep in touch with friends I haven’t seen or been with in a long time but sometimes when people overshare stuff they do on their status feed, it gets really annoying. My status feed haven’t been gloriously clean especially those days when I was still a newbie but lessons have been learned and up until now I’m proud to say I have been posting only stuff that are worth sharing with everyone in my network.

Here’s a rundown of the things you shouldn’t be putting in any social network out there:

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Anything that you’re doing with your body. For example, when you’re in the toilet or cleaning out your ears. When I saw an online contact putting this on his plurk timeline and he did it not just once but about three consecutive times, I immediately unfollowed him. What he was putting on his feed was really just crossing the line.

Whining at each every waking minute. It’s okay to rant every once in a while but not when you do it ALL THE TIME. It’s like you’re this grumpy person with a cloud hanging over your head at all times of the day, that’s not cool and not good to be reading while browsing your feed.

Ranting about your boss online. Many people had gotten fired doing this because as I said, almost everyone’s on Facebook nowadays. You can rant that you’re having a bad day at work, just make sure that only a few of your closest confidants can read it.

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Being public about not believing/doing something and then do the exact opposite. Don’t be a hypocrite.

Post personal photos in public that you normally don’t want other people to see then react violently when people give bad comments about it.

Cyber-bullying other people. Some people are subtle while some are very direct. This is actually very horrible especially if you’re on the receiving end of it.

Details that would tempt thieves. Don’t put it out there that you’re leaving home for a vacation or that you’re earning this certain amount of money. Thieves are very resourceful.

Be more responsible with your online presence. It’s no secret that employers can just as easily find out so much about you on the internet before your first interview. You wouldn’t want them to be finding things like this before you’ve even gotten the chance to show off your skills. Also, since social networks will most likely be parts of our lives for such a long time, you don’t want to scroll down through your feed and find a lot of things that you did that you would most likely regret.

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