The Faux Pas of Social Media

Some may think it sad, but social media has undeniably become an intricate part of our everyday lives. Facebook now has more users than there were people on the planet 200 years ago: one billion as of October 2012.

As for Twitter – well, where do we start? A forever rolling and seemingly infinite list of whatever or whoever you find interesting – isn’t that just peaches? Unfortunately, a lot of Twitter’s users don’t know how to use Twitter.  I’m not talking about your granddad who thinks your ‘eyePatch’ is a flash TV dinner tray; I’m talking about the young bucks of the modern day. Social media shouldn’t be used as a platform for casual racism, pictures of your breakfast and ‘your mum’ jokes if you’re on the job hunt.  There it is. I’ve said it, #killjoy.

Did you know the US Library of Congress is currently working on cataloguing every single tweet since 2006? You know when you were flirting with @justinbeiber in your blissful adolescence? That’s going to be there. I know – colon, capital ‘o’, right?

There’s a definitive line between socialism and professionalism that has somehow become blurred and soiled by the new-fangled freedom of being able to broadcast whatever thought creeps into your noodle. Here are a few pointers to help avoid social media faux pas:


* Talk about stuff that’s current and interesting; stuff the ‘Twittospehere’ can engage with and appreciate. Don’t become a routine serial tweeter or you’ll become boring and readers will undoubtedly begin to skim over you.

* Crack wise. Get some witty current affairs jokes on the go if they’re in good taste – nobody likes a corporate bore with a silver spoon stuck up his arse.

* Unfollow all the rabble and dross you’ve accumulated over the past few years. Employers do look through your online profiles, especially when looking for work in the media industry.


* Broadcast your sadomasochism fetishes – nobody wants that.

* Hashtag on Facebook.

* Post photos of you trying to shift a dress on eBay but simultaneously catch yourself in the mirror with your business on parade.

* Tweet irrelevant, hangtag heavy thoughts you wouldn’t want any potential employers to read.

If you do feel it unequivocally compulsory to tweet ‘inappropriate for work’ craic, launch a separate account under a pseudonym – somewhere you can vent your incongruous, overflowing thought processes. You don’t even need to be human. Document the life and times of a drug addled woodlouse from Dagenham. As long as there is no connection between you and the louse, you’re cooking on gas.

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