Today I reached 1,000 followers on Twitter. My 1000th follower is a New York Mets fan site. Play ball!
I tip my cap to them and my 999 other followers who listen to what I have to say. So what do I have to say today? Tonight’s topic is TMI. That’s “too much information” in case you didn’t know.
Sure, everyone has the right to comment on social media sites. We share photos, videos, news articles. Sometimes we even learn something. But when someone continuously posts updates about his bodily functions (or the lack thereof in this particular person’s case), that’s where I draw the line. The word “enema” should NEVER be used in a status update. If you’re constipated, I do NOT want to know about it. Keep it to yourself. If you need to vent, phone a friend or better yet, go to a doctor!
What I’m shaking my head over is that this should really be common sense. But some people don’t get it. Or they do get it but they don’t care. Or they need attention. In any event, my advice to everyone is think before you post. Is what you’re writing something you would want to read about?
Another habit many people are guilty of is over-venting. Yes, we all have bad days, but if you dwell on them too much on social media, you could come off as a complainer. Always try to limit your rants otherwise people will see you as a negative person. Remember – you’re projecting a particular image on social media. What if your boss reads your negative rants? Or a potential client or business partner? Or your mother? Think of it this way – do you constantly want to listen to a friend/colleague/loved one complain all the time? Probably not. Well it’s the same situation on social media: if you’re too negative, people will eventually tune you out and stop following you. It just gets old.
Before posting any social media content, think about what you want your readers to get out of it. Are you trying to raise awareness about a particular issue/current events? Do you want to share a funny video to give people a chuckle? (Sometimes I can’t resist sharing the Geico Hump Day commercial on a Wednesday). Your goal should be to educate, entertain, or in some cases, promote (it’s okay to market yourself – hey we all have some service or event we need to promote sometimes).
And finally, beware of over-sharing. If you’re out having a great time at a new local restaurant you’re trying, by all means, take a selfie and give the place a plug. But leave it at that, please. Otherwise, social media can become disruptive and interfere with your face-to-face interactions. It’s much more engaging to share a meal with another human being across the table rather than your smartphone. Just some food for thought.