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social-networks-common-senseWe are living in a world where social networks allow us to browse information easily and share material instantly. The access to large amounts of content for just about anything and everything has never been so simple. Some information can be educational and worth a read, while others, may not even be worth our time. There is no doubt that it has come to the point where we can more than likely find out what our neighbors’, neighbor is doing on either Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or YouTube.

Creating status updates or tweets are simple enough tasks to do, but overtime the “Common Sense” factor is lost and/or forgotten. It seems that common sense is not so common after all.

Let’s get it back!

There are a few things to think of before sharing content on social networks and here are a few to use like a checklist in your mind before hitting the “Post” button.

5 Common Sense Tips (Checklist) To Use On Social Networks:

1. Use Discretion: Stay away from sharing content (photos, videos, links, etc.) that is obviously offensive and possibly hurtful to others.
2. TMI (Too Much Information): Keep private information, private. Never give out too much information on any social network for you never know who will see it or how they will use the information you have shared or displayed (this includes the information posted on your profile).
3. Be Compassionate: Appreciate and respect the opinions of others, even if you do not always agree with them when tweeting, creating a status update, etc.
4. Nothing Nice To Say… Say Nothing At All: If you have nothing to say that adds value to someone’s day or could actually be hurtful, it is better to say nothing at all. It is as simple as that. If someone is trying to hurt your feelings, try to resolve it the best way you can. Think before you write and do not fan the flames. Every action has a reaction and every reaction has a consequence which will not always be a positive one.
5. Set Privacy Controls: Most, if not all social networks allow you to choose your privacy settings. Become familiar with these settings and set them to your privacy preference. Keep in mind that the internet is public so even though you set your privacy controls, information can still be easily copied via “copy and paste” so do not post anything you would not want to see re-posted.

It is easy to be impulsive when posting information online, especially when you think it is only your friends and/or followers you approve of that is reading it, but in actuality we never really know who might end up reading our posts. So take a minute and go over some of these common sense tips before you share any information on social networking sites. Remember that nothing is a “guarantee” but like the old saying goes, “It is better to be safe, than sorry” and using common sense when using social networks can help you do just that.

What common sense tips when using social networks do you use?

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