February 14, 2016

Rachel Strella

Social Media: Think Before You Post

social media mistakesI recently read a story about a dispute in a cafe, which was ultimately misleading, creating huge backlash on social media. This didn’t sit well with me.  We have the opportunity to broadcast our messages so we’ve become self-publishers of sort, yet we’re emotional beings, and as such, we post our version of stories. In this case, it was false and it only caused an unnecessary stir.

Some people need to check themselves before they post online. Most of us know ‘that guy’ who posts adverse political commentary or someone complains incessantly about a child’s school or other parents.

While there’s no shame to relying on your community for support, there are also many times people cross the line.

I will be the first to admit that I’ve regretted a few posts in the past. Airing grievances on social media might temporarily make us feel empowered, especially as others begin to relate. But, it’s not an attractive quality and it typically leads to more negativity.  It’s even more damaging when these emotion-fueled spouts spiral out of control, like the story of the café.

I joined sites like Facebook to connect with family, friends and former classmates. I love watching families grow, previewing albums of trips, and learning of career aspirations and triumphs. It’s an instant connection – even with those I haven’t seen in years – and it’s one of the reasons I chose to embrace social media as a career.  I’ve also witnessed remarkable displays of community support. It’s inspiring to watch a group of people rally together in times of need.

That’s the power of social media. And, frankly, we need more of it. If I had a PSA, it’s simply to think before you post!

What are your thoughts?

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