Hindsight being 20/20, you may not realize at the time, the regrets of a social media post. I have definitely made this mistake more than a few times. I usually realize my bad ideas, but often it’s too late to take it back. Here’s some pitfalls to avoid.
The Revenge Post. Okay so I’ve fallen victim to this one way too many times. You think by posting something mean about someone that has wronged you is going to embarrass them. Maybe they’ll realize the errors of their ways. It’s like you’re back in high school trying to get all of your friends to side with you. The truth in this is you only embarrass yourself. Yeah you may get some attention from these types of posts, but not the kind you should want. At some point, the post takes on a life of its own. Expect retaliation or even worse, no reply at all from the person you just blasted on Facebook. I’m reminded of the saying, “holding on to anger is the poison you drink expecting the other person to die.”
The Bad Day At Work Post. Who out there hasn’t had a bad day at work from time to time. The problem with posting this on social media is some of your friends online are also your co-workers or even your boss. Do you really want everyone to be a part of this? I am a very fortunate person who has a great job. Is it worth ruining my reputation at work? Do I want to be viewed as a negative person? You may post a hundred posts about the good times and people you work with; but that negative post is going to get a lot of unnecessary attention.
The Sympathy Post. This is when you’re feeling down and depressed so you decide to announce it to the world. This doesn’t make you feel any better and maybe you should just call a friend. After all it’s true personal friendships that get you through hard times. Once the feeling passes, do you really want everyone asking you the next day if you’re okay? Do you want to have to explain to everyone the reason you’re feeling so blue?
The Drunken Posts And Photos. These posts will give everyone a good laugh. The truth be told; they can be a lot of fun at the time. The pictures of you glassy eyed, incoherent rants and the overall decadence you’re feeling at the time. It’s like reading about a good train wreck and it’s you. Maybe you’ve decided to friend request everyone you’ve ever known in your life and some you don’t know at all. This is only realized the next morning when you sober up and wonder why all these people are accepting. Then you wonder about the ones that didn’t accept and what they must be thinking.
The good news is that if you make an epic social media fail, you can always delete them. The problem is most people have already seen them and you will surely be the topic of someone’s conversation. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Who knows I may regret this post someday!