I’ve noticed a recent trend of people using social network mediums such as facebook and Twitter to directly or passively attack someone they’ve been hurt or offended by or just simply disagree with. This could be directed to a person or an organization. Here are a few things I keep in mind when it comes to social media:
1. It’s instant: As soon as you hit the send, update or tweet button your post is instantly sent out. While you might be rolling your eyes at this fact, just remember you can’t pull it back once it’s sent. There is no “retract” button.
2. It’s Global. Once you’ve posted you’re words go global. You only shared it with friends you say? True…but who are they going to share it with? Make your words pass through a filter: “Do I want the world to read this?”
3. It’s Permanent. When it comes to the internet there is no such thing as something being deleted. We’ve seen this play out countless times with public figures that have fallen. Remember your words can be shared, retweeted, printed out, forwarded and quoted as your words go global.
Bottomline: Don’t post, tweet or send words when you’re angry or hurt. That’s a recipe for regret.
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