Wednesday, August 7, 2013
We often hear about teens sharing too much on facebook and twitter, writing things which they regret for a lifetime. Well sometimes adults do that too, sometimes deliberately and sometimes inadvertently.
This week something happened that I thought was rather interesting from the point of view of an author and I blogged about it. The person saw the post and even though there were no real identifiers that person was livid. Feeling hurt and betrayed, the person asked, “How could an adult be so irresponsible?” So I removed that post.
Why? Even though I didn’t think it was a big deal, it was a big deal to someone else that left them feeling hurt. I guess I needed the reminder that even though my time spent posting on the internet is limited, what I say is still very important and have an impact on not only myself but on others. Even something seemingly innocent could have that impact.
There are some things I learned from this and would like to share with you. Feel free to add more as you read this post.
Before you blog, before you tweet, before you post, ask yourself:
1. If another person posted that article and you read it and knew it was about you, would you be hurt, embarrassed, or proud?
2. Can any “anonymous” person be identified by another person reading the post?
3. Is what you are posting true and verifiable by others? This is especially important if you are posting about information that is readily available and can be back checked.
4. If your employer read the post ten years from now would you have to blame it on your youth and claim you’re a different person now?
5. If any particular group, race, culture, or religion read you post would they be offended?
6. And finally would people view you in a different light and be turned off after reading your post.
If you know of any other self checks before posting to any social media, please add it in your comments.