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How To Be Responsible On Social Media

Particia MaldonadoNovember 9, 2021,

With the growing popularity of social media, it is vital to remind ourselves we still need to follow basic rules. The anonymity the online world offers causes people to behave in a manner they wouldn’t normally in society. However, irrespective of the anonymity, what we say and do on social media affects everyone, and no one is immune to the harm it can cause. Practicing responsibility in our online actions can go a long way in avoiding disaster.

We talked about social media responsibility with the experts, and they advised on how we need to show responsibility on social media;

Own Your Image, Personal Information, And How These Are Used

  • Pay close attention to the Terms of Use on apps and websites. Most people skim through them to accept immediately, but it’s wise to take a closer look and read all the sections thoroughly. In some situations, you can opt-out of automatic facial recognition tags. 
  • Obtain permissions when posting videos or images of others on your networks
  • Never take photos of people without permission.
  • Scrub your accounts
  • Posting to social media leaves an imprint. Delete anything that’s irrelevant, embarrassing, or disrespectful. That includes inactive accounts. If you don’t want the entire world to see you in a compromising position, delete it. Reflect seriously on what you post before you post it; if you wouldn’t want to see it on the front page of the newspaper, or you wouldn’t want your family to see it, do not post it.

Password Diligence

Update passwords frequently. Keep an eye on any dormant accounts if you decide not to delete them. Inactive accounts are prone to hackers. 

Spread Love, Not Hate

Share uplifting or positive posts in support of causes, subjects, and persons you care about.

Gian Moore is a Partner and Marketing Director at Mellowpine

Think Before Posting

One of the first things we can do is pause and ask ourselves, Would I post this to my own wall?

Once we figure out what we want to share or if we should share at all, it's important to answer this question: What am I trying to accomplish by posting what I'm about to say?

One might find that those posts that were meant as jokes may not be as funny on social media as they were in our heads.

Each platform has its benefits, and benefits come with some responsibilities. When thinking about how you want your content shared, think about the type of community you're creating and which platforms make sense for your audience.

Responsibility is the core principle behind much of what we do, and it's not limited to getting your work done. It's also fundamental to all human relationships, both personal and professional.

Sam Campbell, reddiquette

Being responsible in social media means

Avoid Posting Incriminating Pictures and Videos

Don’t post pictures or videos of yourself drinking, doing drugs, or vandalizing property. Basically, don’t post anything stupid because future employers might see it.

Don’t Post Anything Highly Offensive

You’re free to write and post whatever you want, but make sure it’s nothing that will bite you in the butt later. Like, don’t post a video of you calling someone the N-word, or don’t post anything telling people to kill themselves. Be a human, be kind.

Don’t cyberbully

Don’t start the cyberbullying and don’t contribute to it

Privacy

  • Don’t post nudity of yourself or others
  • Don’t post others’ information like addresses, credit card numbers, passwords, etc.
  • Don’t give your information to people you don’t know. You can give your name and your age, but never anything too personal like social security numbers, addresses, passwords, etc.

Don’t talk to strangers.

I’ve actually done this plenty of times. Making friends on the internet is a thing, and I’d imagine that it’ll be an even bigger thing in the future. Just, again, never share addresses, passwords, or any sensitive information. Never share nudity. Never trust people on the internet. Never meet up with people on the internet; though, I suppose dating apps are different. Just be cautious because not everyone is who they say they are.

Sally Stevens, an entrepreneur, Marketing Manager, and Co-founder of FastPeopleSearch.io

Don’t Post in an Emotional State

I think the most important thing is not to post content on social media platforms in an emotional state. It might feel therapeutic at the moment, but you might regret what you put out there for the world to see. Due to an abundance of technological options, nothing can ever be deleted from the internet. It can have repercussions in your life, career, or relationships. 

Jod Kapilakan, the CEO of AbundanceNoLimits

Be Authentic, Avoid Misleading

From a business perspective, I believe to be responsible on social media we must always have our customers’ best intentions in mind. With the rise of influencer marketing, there are a lot of people promoting products they don’t really use or believe in, crypto scam coins, selling products that are unsustainable when advertised as sustainable. 

The list goes on, and a lot of things go on behind the smoke and mirrors. I do believe authenticity shines through, and sooner or later, you’ll be found out. There is a large impressionable audience of kids and young adults who use social media. We need to be conscious not to prey on their vulnerabilities for sale but to really connect with them and provide the value they’re looking for. 

Arun Grewal, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at CoffeeBrewingPro.com

Being responsible on social media is a very important factor in today's society. Many important people, such as employers, are looking at the social media platforms of possible candidates, so always make sure whatever you post is either private or appropriate content. Other unwanted people may also have access to your information through your social media accounts which is another reason to be careful with the content you upload. 

Avoid Unprofessional, Over-Emotional, and Controversial Posts

You want to avoid unprofessional posts or statements and never talk about friends, family, managers, or co-workers in a negative way through social media, as this can cause many issues within your social and work life. Posting an overly emotional statement can also be seen as controversial and may not be taken the way you intended, so make sure to think twice about posting strongly worded or emotional content.

Keep Your Location Private

Lastly, always keep your location private. Part of being responsible on social media is to protect your privacy as you do not want uninvited guests showing up at your home or work. If you are on vacation, this alerts people that you are not home, and if they have access to your location because of social media, they could use this opportunity to break into your home as they know you are not there.

Adam Moore, Founder of SocialPlus

Don’t Be Reactive

Social media feels like a lawless Wild West - where anonymity empowers people to do and say things they wouldn’t in the real world. It’s very easy to anger people on the internet, and more often than not, anger is being used to get clicks and traffic for profit. One of the best ways we can be responsible internet users is to not be reactive on the internet. 

Before posting a reaction online where we may come off as insulting, you need to evaluate what you are reacting to. Is it an opinion that is not hurting anyone? Do you know if the information you are being presented is reliable or trustworthy? Holding your anger for online trolls only cuts off the attention and anger that they want to encourage. If you find something that can constitute harassment, you can flag the platform that the post is on for harmful content. Breathe and think before reacting to anything. 

Sharon Van Donkelaar, Chief Marketing Officer Expandi

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