10 Things You Shouldn’t Share on Social Media

Most people are aware that there are certain things that should not be shared on social media, such as personal information, photos that could be used to embarrass someone, or controversial opinions. However, there are many other things that people may not realize should not be shared on social media. Here are some examples of things that should not be shared on social media:

1. Personal information: This includes your home address, phone number, email address, and any other information that could be used to identify or contact you. It is also important to remember not to share too much personal information about others without their permission, as this could violate their privacy.

2. Photos that could embarrass someone: It is important to think about how the photos you share on social media could affect other people before posting them. For example, avoid sharing photos of someone who is passed out or in a compromising situation without their permission.

3. Controversial opinions: Opinions can be easily misconstrued when they are posted on social media and it is important to remember that not everyone will agree with your point of view. If you absolutely must share a controversial opinion on social media, try to do so in a respectful way and be prepared for there to be backlash from those.

Overly promotional content

If you’re using social media to promote your business, it’s important to strike a balance between sharing interesting, valuable content and coming across as overly promotional. No one wants to be bombarded with sales pitches, so make sure that the majority of your posts are about something other than your products or services. Instead, focus on providing useful information, answering customer questions, and sharing interesting stories. When you do share promotional content, mix it up with other types of posts so that you’re not being too pushy.

It can be difficult to resist the temptation to constantly talk about your business on social media, but it’s important to remember that people are more likely to engage with you if you’re providing them with something of value. So take a step back and think about what kind of content will actually interest your target audience before hitting the publish button.

Political or religious content

In a world where social media has become increasingly prevalent, it is important to consider what content is appropriate to share and what should be kept private. Regarding political and religious content, it is generally best to err on the side of caution and refrain from sharing anything that could be potentially offensive or inflammatory.

Political views can be highly controversial and easily lead to heated arguments, so it is generally best to avoid sharing any strong opinions on social media. If you must share political content, try to do so in a respectful and civil manner. The same goes for religious content. While you may feel strongly about your beliefs, not everyone shares the same views. It is important to remember that people of all faiths (or no faith at all) use social media, so avoid posting anything that could be interpreted as proselytizing or offensive.

Of course, this isn’t to say that you can never share political or religious content on social media – just be mindful of how your words might be received by others. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and keep your personal beliefs off of public forums like Facebook and Twitter.

Irrelevant viral posts

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information, it can be difficult to know what is relevant and what is not. With social media, we have the ability to share anything and everything with our friends and followers. However, just because we can share something, doesn’t mean that we should.

There are certain types of posts that tend to go viral on social media, even though they may be completely irrelevant to our lives. For example, you may have seen those chain posts that promise good luck if you share them within a certain time frame. Or maybe you’ve seen the latest meme that’s been making its rounds on the internet. Even though these things may be entertaining, they are not necessarily worth sharing with your entire social network.

If you find yourself regularly sharing irrelevant viral content, ask yourself why. Is it because you think your friends will find it funny? Or are you just trying to fill up your feed with something? If it’s the latter, then consider taking a break from social media for awhile.

Negative or derogatory content

This includes content that could be seen as offensive, hateful, or hurtful. Remember that words can be just as harmful as actions, and think twice before hitting “post” on anything that could potentially hurt someone else.

In a world where we are already bombarded with so much negativity, let’s try to spread a little more positivity by refraining from posting anything negative online.

Posts with spelling or grammatical errors

One of the most common errors I see is people forgetting to use proper capitalization. For example, someone might write “havent been to the gym in forever” instead of “Haven’t been to the gym in forever.” While it’s not a huge deal, it just looks sloppy and can make you seem uneducated.

Another error I see often is people using incorrect homophones. For example, they might write “your” when they really mean “you’re,” or “they’re” when they really mean “their.” This is an easy mistake to make, but unfortunately it makes you look like you don’t know how to use basic grammar.

If you want to avoid making these kinds of errors, my best advice is to proofread your posts before hitting publish. Take an extra minute or two to read over what you’ve written and correct any mistakes. It’ll make a world of difference in how your post comes across!

Brand-inconsistent content

If you’re a business owner, you know that consistency is key when it comes to branding. So why would you jeopardize your brand by sharing content on social media that doesn’t align with your core values?

Just imagine for a second what would happen if you started sharing content on social media that was completely brand-inconsistent. Your followers would be confused, your sales could drop, and worst of all, you could damage the hard-earned reputation you’ve worked so hard to build.

So if you want to avoid any of those potential disasters, make sure you’re only sharing content on social media that is consistent with your brand. Anything less is simply not worth the risk.

The same message across social networks

Most social media experts will tell you that it’s important to have a consistent message across all of your social networks. And while that’s true to an extent, there are also times when it’s perfectly fine – and even advisable – to share different messages on different social networks.

Here are a few scenarios where sharing different messages on different social networks can be effective:

1. When you want to target a specific audience on each network.

For example, if you’re a B2B company, LinkedIn is probably going to be your most important social network. That’s where you’ll find most of your potential customers and clients. As such, your LinkedIn updates should be focused on topics that would interest them – things like industry news, helpful tips, etc.

On the other hand, Facebook is likely to be more important for B2C companies since that’s where most consumers hang out online. For these companies, it makes sense to share content that is more likely to appeal to consumers – things like coupons, giveaways, product announcements, etc.

Unaccredited content

For example, sharing false information about a natural disaster can cause widespread panic. And if someone spreads rumors about a celebrity death, it can cause serious distress to their family and friends. Even sharing something as seemingly innocuous as a funny meme can have unintended consequences. If the meme includes copyrighted material, you could be sued for infringement.

So what should you not share on social media? Any unaccredited content that could potentially cause harm to yourself or others. Before you hit “share”, make sure you know exactly what you’re sharing and who created it.