What NOT to Tweet: 10 Ways to Commit Social Media Suicide

Social Media by Matt Hamm via Flickr. All Rights Reserved 2009.

Social media lets us be ourselves under beer-goggled presumptions that people will accept us for who we are. WRONG!

Avoid committing social media suicide:

Speaking of beer goggles, just as you have been advised not to drink and drive, drunk dial or drunken text, the same rule applies to Twitter, Facebook and all your other outlets:

  • Do not drunk tweet your social network. It will be there when you wake up for all the world to see.

As little children our parents taught us to be humble, take things with a grain of salt and not fling it back at those who got us mad:

While, the internet is a great place to build your image, help you get a job, increase your social network and catch up with old friends, it can also destroy all of that in one simple click:

  • Be careful what you say. It takes weeks, months and often years to build a following. It takes a second to alienate them all.

So you have a job and it sucks. You complain to your friends, your family and anyone who will listen. But understand something, whining about your professional downturns on the internet can be replicated, saved and come back to haunt you with a vengeance. On typical social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace etc.) remember to avoid saying or doing anything that can endanger your job — or make people think you’ve simply lost your bloody mind and get you fired:

You are new to the world of social media. All your friends are jumping on the wagon of social and followed so you want to too:

  • Do not massively add/follow/friend loads of people in hopes of them adding/following/friending you back, only to un-add/follow/friend them because you want to boost up your numbers. Social media is about sharing and communicating; it’s not all about you.

I know you’re super excited about your new blog post and you want to tell the world about it. Heck, I do too! But there is a fine line between sharing the information you bring to the table and spamming anyone within a wireless distance. Use a rule of seven:

  • For every seven posts you tweet (on Twitter, for example) tweet one for yourself.

Same mentality goes for Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. These are more of your professional and very personal networks. Don’t bombard your friends on these outlets with every detail, of every little thing, you share and do via the likes of Twitter:

  • Each outlet is different and should be treated as such. Don’t alienate one group of friends thinking they really care how many times you tweet.

Traffic was horrible on your way to work, your dog ate part of your presentation, you are wearing two totally different coloured socks, you forgot your bagel on the kitchen counter, you just spilled coffee on yourself and your iPod cannot identify a radio station to stream through, so you are stuck listening to static. I give you my sympathy. But seriously:

  • Do not whine and moan about your woe-is-me all the time online. (Unless of course the above really did happen to you, as it would make an amusing story)

Photo by Foto D via Flickr. All Rights Reserved 2009.

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace have built-in status updates or are based around status updates. While, I’m interested in knowing what you want to share with me, so I can reciprocate and we can learn together, I frankly do not care, and do not want to know, that you ran out of toilet paper via your Twitterberry application:

First impressions do count; as does second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth. Don’t try to be thinner, smarter, savvier, sexier, wealthier, poorer, prettier, or like the next person out there. Eventually, you will slip and your fall will not be pretty. This is not the 19th century and you are not Degas, your fixation with Miley Cyrus could land you in jail.

  • Be yourself, keep it smart, keep it real and keep the inner creepy to a minimum.

 

Sasha Muradali runs the Little Pink Book. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations and an M.A. in International Administration.

Copyright Β© 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

  1. “Do not constantly tell your social networks what you are doing, every second of every minute in each day.”

    For real.

  2. Number 7 !

    What a great idea.

    Please pass this on as a useful Rule of Thumb.

  3. Enjoyed reading this post. Your advice is right on point!

  4. Cool Post, Thanks.

  5. I agree, it should be a rule of thumb. It is what I subscribe to doing anyway πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Mel, thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed reading it πŸ™‚

  7. you should really consider changing the color of your font.

  8. Great post! Being aware of what one posts ANY where on the Internet is a good thing to be cognizant of πŸ™‚

  9. Premier post, sensible stuff & required reading!

  10. I know where you’re coming from, but feeds fly by so fast would one occasional foot in the mouth send you back 1000 yards?

  11. I agree to a certain extent David. The thing is, you never know what someone will find later, or after the fact, or who is actually really paying attention to your online moves. It’s always good to have some caution, versus none. Be yourself and don’t say anything you’ll regret. Unlike verbal words, written words are more ‘set in stone.’

  12. Wonderful post with a commense sense approach to keeping Twitter engaging. I’ll be sure to pass this along! Thanks!

  13. Thanks for the Selective Twitter link. Way better.

    I learned to think before I tweet when I found out my not-quite MIL sees them since they appear on my blog. Whoa. So now I only make fun of my own family, since they don’t follow me πŸ˜‰

  14. Nice compilation of good advice!

  15. Thank You! Much needed!

  16. M. Delaplane says:

    If you comment on something new…e.g. “The movie I saw last night was (whatever)..”

    Tell your audience what you are commenting on.

  17. I know so many people who post inappropriate status comments about what they are doing in the toilet and when they were out drunk.

    Surprisingly these people are really good business people but they just don’t know when to stop!

    Its so true. Stop telling everything to everyone as they might not want to know!

    Cool post.

  18. Samanther says:

    Excellent post.

    However, I’d amend the Rule of 7 to a Rule of 5, or fewer. I follow you guys bc I want to know about YOUR LIFE, not stuff you’re promoting.

  19. I enjoyed the “ten things not to tweet about.” I found it rather funny because I see people tweeting about everything and I wonder if these people realize that everybody can see what their posting. Yeah, I could care less that somebody just had dinner, broke up with their boyfriend, or got stuck in traffic. That’s what I call TMI!!! It’s called pick up the phone and call a friend or Dr.Phil for HEAVENS SAKE! LOL!

  20. πŸ™‚ Thanks Toni, really glad you could relate.
    Best wishes,

    Sasha

  21. Great post! So many businesses and people are jumping into social media before learning the ins and outs. Your tips are not only helpful to beginners, but a welcome reminder of social netiquette.

  22. David S says:

    One more thing: avoid talking about the weather. People talk about the weather when they don't have anything else to talk about. It's a desperation move.

  23. Great advice…

    I'm going to re-tweet this then probably completely ignore it – because I'm suicidal like that! πŸ™‚

  24. Sasha – love your comment 'do not whine'. So true. Whining does not translate well to text, especially if it's frequent. Also, your point about separating out your audiences across social networks is spot on. I wrote about this a few months ago in a post titled “Status culture: Public vs Private and why it matters” that you might be interested in. –

    http://blog.steffanantonas.com/status-culture-p

    Good post.

  25. One more thing: avoid talking about the weather. People talk about the weather when they don't have anything else to talk about. It's a desperation move.

  26. Great advice…

    I'm going to re-tweet this then probably completely ignore it – because I'm suicidal like that! πŸ™‚

  27. Sasha – love your comment 'do not whine'. So true. Whining does not translate well to text, especially if it's frequent. Also, your point about separating out your audiences across social networks is spot on. I wrote about this a few months ago in a post titled “Status culture: Public vs Private and why it matters” that you might be interested in. –

    http://blog.steffanantonas.com/status-culture-p

    Good post.

  28. Great advice as always!!

  29. “Understand that 99.9% of what you say is 100% public.”

    Thank you! I feel like some people just don't understand this!

    A.

  30. I think what you've written is fine for a PUBLIC profile, but if you are in a PRIVATE profile in twitter or only have selected REAL friends and family in FB, none of these things apply! Of course you can post about very mundane things in your life,even a couple of times a day if your circle is made up of your nearest and dearest! So i disagree with what you said, – it might apply to public profiles but never to private ones.

  31. I disagree. It's fine to tell your social networks what you're doing, often …… if you have REAL friends and family, and not just onlinefriends, as your social networks. Some of us only have selected friends and keep our profile private.

  32. I think what you've written is fine for a PUBLIC profile, but if you are in a PRIVATE profile in twitter or only have selected REAL friends and family in FB, none of these things apply! Of course you can post about very mundane things in your life,even a couple of times a day if your circle is made up of your nearest and dearest! So i disagree with what you said, – it might apply to public profiles but never to private ones.

  33. I disagree. It's fine to tell your social networks what you're doing, often …… if you have REAL friends and family, and not just onlinefriends, as your social networks. Some of us only have selected friends and keep our profile private.

  34. Dont know but I feel like Twitter has slowed down its development.. nothing new happening from long time