If you’re over 0.05 step away from the Twitter machine
This Christmas do yourself, your friends, your colleagues and your family a favour – don’t tweet drunk!
With 2.5 million Australians now using Twitter, the fastest growing social networking site, the ability to embarrass yourself is only a click away.
Over 85 per cent of Twitter usage is via mobile devices such as iPhones and Blackberries. In turn, most tweets are done on the run, in public and often in a hurry.
Unlike drunk texting, which is one-to-one, tweeting is one-to-many, with your indiscriminate remark about your inappropriate boss now potentially going to hundreds. Worse still, despite the anonymity that Twitter allows through profiles, you may be being ‘followed’ by an ex flame, an unfriendly colleague and even your creepy uncle.
So, this Christmas, how do you avoid drunk tweeting? Well, here are ten easy steps that should help you avoid the awkward morning after:
1. Drunk or highly emotional? Turn your phone off, log out of your Twitter account and sign out of Facebook.
2. Be careful about sharing personal information especially about relationships, conflicts and your current state of mind. Does everyone really need know that? Unfortunately, journalists have recently discovered how to ‘screen capture’ so, whilst you may be able to quickly delete your post it may still end up in the public domain.
3. Tempting as they may be, don’t post pictures. They may be undesirably revealing, not just for the subject but also for your (lack) of judgement.
4. Mind your manners. Twitter isn’t a locker room.
5. Do not, I repeat, do not send a tweet to someone you were previously romantically linked to. You might say something you regret or worse still, something meaningful that is not reciprocated.
6. Avoid the obvious attention-seeking tweets – ‘I can’t believe he just did that’ or ‘why does this always have to happen to me?!’
7. Don’t mention your boss.
8. Don’t (digitally) stalk anyone.
9. Watch where your’e tweeting – getting on a train, crossing the road or even going to the bathroom.
10. Do, have a real conversation with a real person. Yes, you can still do this!
The concept of being responsible for your social media persona should no longer be considered an overly cautious or guarded thing to do. The fact is that now more than ever, your online identity is a critical factor in how you are perceived by your peers and colleagues. Unfortunately, ruining a good reputation is only one click away.
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