Big plans for the long holiday weekend? Killer New Year’s Eve party to go to? Enjoy it and be safe! Don’t drink and drive (obviously) and please, PLEASE, don’t drink and post either. Sure, we all love social media but before you post those pics and stories about your fabulous time this holiday, take a beat to consider your rep.
What your Facebook page says about who you are is more important than you think. We are connected twenty-four/seven to all sorts of social media sites, the main one for many of us being Facebook. It’s important to look your best at all times while still protecting yourself (and your information).
Remember when folks on TV, online, and yes… even your Facebook friends were warning you about what information you should and shouldn’t share on Facebook? Judging by what I’ve seen on FB lately, no one was paying attention.
Despite what you may have heard, protecting yourself on social media goes beyond your privacy settings and whether or not you share your phone number and email address with your friends and fans. Protecting yourself online also involves paying attention to how you present yourself to the world in your posts and pictures.
Not only are past, present, and potential future partners and friends likely creeping your profile, but current and potential employers may be as well. (Not to mention “big brother!”)
No need to see pictures of you in your favorite sexy clothes on your Facebook profile. Likewise, do away with the many, many pictures of you and your girlfriends at the club. It’s good to be social and party sometimes, but if 90 percent of your uploaded photos include you with red eyes because you’re drunk, you’re not giving the world a good impression of you as a person.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to dress sexy and enjoy a night out, but don’t forget to carefully consider your posts and photos before sharing them with the world on social media sites.
Most of the time these days, you’re judged by your FB page. Do you really want strangers and potential employers to think that you’re some trashy party girl because of what pictures you post online? No, of course not.
So this long holiday weekend, respect yourself and give a bit of thought to your reputation before posting those photos of your New Year’s partying fun.