15 Things You Should Never Post Online
The World Wide Web is not simply accessible today – it is omnipresent: people use Internet for shopping, catching a ride and talking to one another. No wonder such a massive thing that has taken over our lives is being abused today. Online fraud rates are growing and more and more people get blocked on social networks for being annoying and inappropriate.
So how about we take a moment to remind us some basic learnings as per what should and shouldn’t go online. Internet prudence begins with thinking twice before posting things and ends with being cautious about who you share your location with.
1. Your credentials
Don’t get me wrong: you will have to use your real name because you won’t get much credibility using just a nickname. But I can’t think of anything that would require you to post your phone, location or address openly on social networks.
And how many of us still use our middle name as password? So try to keep that information as private as possible.
2. Official documents
We get it, it’s tempting to post that diploma you had to literary fight for or airplane tickets that will take you on a long-awaited vacation. But you should know that everything that is easily accessible (and being online is considered to be easily accessible) can be forged, resold and used against you.
So post your graduation or beach picture instead.
3. Compete pieces of your work
It is important to share examples of your work, especially if you are a freelancer looking for new clients. But don’t give it all out: choose the best abstracts that you want to showcase and let the rest for those who you meet in person.
4. Financial information and providers
I’m not talking about payments online here: you can’t avoid submitting those forms and just have to hope that the website is investing good money into its digital security.
But try to keep the name of your bank and insurance company to yourself –simply knowing what service providers you use already gives a lot of opportunities for fraud.
5. Opinion about your work
Not everybody is fortunate enough to have the job they are crazy about. But everybody is doomed to get in trouble if they complain online.
So if you feel like you want to speak up about things going wrong, opt for the following options: talk to your supervisor and let them know what needs to be changed. Or get a friend out for a beer and chat with them.
6. Opinion about your surroundings
You have the right to not like something or somebody, but being a responsible citizen requires you to respect others. Unless you can put your dissatisfaction in a form of constructive criticism, restrain from talking bad about other people or things.
Nobody likes talkers – if you want to change something then get up and get moving. It’s always better to brag about your results!
7. Embarrassing pictures (of yourself and others)
Did you know that 85% of headhunters will check your Facebook trying to make up their mind about your candidacy? And so does your potential boyfriend/roommate or landlord.So keep it pretty and appropriate.
8. Swearing and cursing
This is simply not cool anymore.Having to use a lot of inappropriate words means that you don’t have enough vocabulary to express yourself. And people don’t want to listen to someone who isn’t smart enough to learn proper language.
9. Strong religious and political proclamations
Religion and politics are always sensitive topics. Unless you are paid to stir trouble or advocate a certain position – restrain from attacking or criticizing other people believes.
10. Epic fails
Whether they are yours or somebody else’s, sooner or later you will forget about them, but the Internet won’t. And then somebody will go online and find your drunken pictures or embarrassing singing on the table.
Epic fails aren’t meant to be concealed. They are a nice reason to laugh with your friends and share memories with the kids. But just for the security of your sleep and the friendship of those whose embarrassing stories you know – keep them in your head, not in your Facebook.
11. Your travel plans
Do you remember how the thieves from the famous “Home alone” movie took a lot of pains to find out which house owners will be away for Christmas?
Well with our urge to tell our every anticipated move we’ve made their job so much easier!For the sake of Murphy’s law and your home safety, I strongly suggest you announce your vacation when you are back already, not beforehand.
12. Cute animal pictures
That is simply annoying. Okey – once in a year it is enough, but not more than that! Our society is loosing patience for pathetic people. Don’t be that person.
Whenever you want to share a picture like that, just post something inspirational or useful for people to know.
Back at school we used to think that plagiarism is simply ordering a paper with writing services. But you might be committing plagiarism on a daily basis.
Copying somebody else’s opinion, statement orimage without giving them credit is considered plagiarism. So whenever you post a quote, video or nice birthday wish – don’t forget to let people know where you got that from! And if it is your work – let them celebrate your creativity.
14. Give unsolicited opinion
One thing that is worse than asking people on Facebook about what movie to go to or what purse to buy is letting people know what you think about this or that phenomenon.
If you really feel like you have to comment – give a compliment!
People are overloaded with information today. Especially advertisement – how many YouTube videos did you give up watching simply because of annoying commercials?
So if they see you openly advertising for a product or inviting to a commercial event (don’t confuse with giving your objective feedback on something) – expect to be put into the “that weird guy” category.
The things I stated above are nothing but common sense. But with our increasing openness we tend to forget about them. And then we all wonder “Who knew this would happen?!”. So what was your biggest online fail?
Guest Author: Mary Brains
Mary Brains is a senior editor at Essay Samurai, an essay writing service. Having majored in digital marketing, over the years she has developed multiple social media campaigns and has seen all the best and worst examples there are.