Social Media is here and is becoming an increasingly preferred method of communication for businesses and individuals alike. Social Media platforms like Twitter, My Space and Facebook are linking people up in ways we could never have dreamt of in the past. However, social media does require you to administrate and manage it responsibly so that it doesn’t become the bane of your existence.

Here are a few things you should be doing to make your social media experience satisfying and trouble-free:

  • Don’t add or accept requests from people you don’t know otherwise your profile will be riddled with unwanted spam. If you connect with a stranger then check them out and see if they have similar interests and/or profession to you before you connect with them.
  • Don’t post status updates or tweet anything that you wouldn’t say to your parents. This goes for any content that you post. Ensure that it is clean, relevant and not just spam that is going to irritate your followers and friends.
  • Avoid posting all your personal information on your profile (s). Identity theft is a reality and can cost you personally and financially.
  • Try to be objective in discussions. In other word, keep your opinions factual and unbiased as opposed to relating your personal experience and opinions in a ‘tunnel vision’ manner.
  • An inactive social media profile is as good as none. Update and refresh your page as often as possible so people know you’re there.
  • Un-tag yourself from any unsavoury photos or material your friends upload. Take into consideration that you probably have work connections as well as personal friends on your profile.  Recent studies show that a prospective boss often checks out potential candidates’ profiles online in order to assist their decisions so spell properly and avoid dumb-downed ‘text language’.