May 18, 2009

The Golden Rule of Social Media

Everyone’s leveraging social media these days. Posting to blogs. Updating status. Twittering.
That said, it’s important to keep one very simple, and seemingly obvious, rule in mind:

Only say online what you would say in public.

Since many sites are based on friend networks, it gives users the false impression that what they do or say online is semi-private. Yeah, right.

These days, we’re separated at most by six degrees, and more often by 3. So keep your bizarro posts to bathroom walls (not that we condone graffiti.)

To illustrate our point, we embedded this video from those College humor nuts (yes, it’s safe for work — we’re posting online, remember?)