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5 Things You Should Never Share On Social Media

Over the past decade, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become important parts of our daily life. These days, you cannot meet a person who doesn't have a single social media account. Our long phone calls have been replaced by messaging apps, newspapers by news feeds and civic protests by hashtags. This also means, our social media interactions are observed and scrutinized more than ever by governments and prospective employers as a quick look into your personal life. Despite all the benefits that social media brings, your actions in a social media bubble can create a lot of havoc and trouble in your real life. So, today, on the world social media day, here are 5 things you must never do on a social media platform.

Avoid posting sensitive or confidential information

Avoid posting sensitive or confidential informati...
Avoid posting sensitive or confidential information

Some months ago, I saw a post on Instagram where a person shared a picture of his credit card and car keys boasting about the good time he was going to have with his friends. What this person didn't realize was the level of sensitive information he just gave away. Right there, in front of my eyes, I have his credit card number, its expiry date, and the name on the card. It has to be noted that there is a high demand for stolen credit card numbers, in places like the dark web and the potential harm that can be caused is endless. So, here is the most important part, never post sensitive or confidential information on your social media.

Don't share your location whereabouts

Don't share your location whereabouts
Don't share your location whereabouts

Gone are the days when burglars who sat outside the house waiting for people to fall asleep before they broke in. Now they just stalk you on Facebook. There is a high possibility of a stalker seeing the new 'traveling to' update you just posted to make your friends jealous of your European trip. Hence, be extremely careful in sharing your location and travel whereabouts.

Don't share embarrassing or negative photos of yourself

Don't share embarrassing or negative photos of yo...
Don't share embarrassing or negative photos of yourself

Always avoid posting embarrassing pictures of you or your friends. "Pictures you share may be taken at face value, and/or viewed as representative of your character – not to mention live on forever on the Internet. What seems cute in high school or college may not seem quite so endearing to potential employers", points out Scott Steinberg, author of Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in a Digital World.

Don't connect with people you don't want to connect in real world

Don't connect with people you don't want to connect...
Don't connect with people you don't want to connect in real world

Before connecting with your colleagues on social networks, ask yourself if you’d still want to be connected to them if they weren’t your co-workers. According to Scott Steinberg, "consider that connecting with colleagues and supervisors may expose you or they to information and influences that may make either party uncomfortable – be certain to understand the risk you’re taking in doing so"

Avoid negative and angry posts

Avoid negative and angry posts
Avoid negative and angry posts

Journalist and former beauty queen Germany Kent writes, “don't promote negativity online and expect people to treat you with positivity in person.” At all costs, keep your relationship dramas and frustration at work away from social media. Importantly, doing your laundry in public is not going to bring anything positive to your life. Rather, it will make you perceived as a negative person in real life.

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