Show Appreciation On Social Media

social media blocksWhat posts should you share?

Very few people have managed to barricade themselves from social media invading their life.  It can get a bit tiring and repetitive seeing how some people share so many posts on what they had to eat and other less than interesting aspects of their lives, it can become overkill.

There are lots of cute pictures of cats, dogs and other animals, some of the videos are very cute and entertaining and can be a way to escape for a while. Not everyone appreciates constant updates on a person’s daily life.  On the other hand social media when used correctly can be a great way to show the world all the small things that you appreciate, and are grateful for. It’s something you can do for yourself and could well be of interest to others.

Find the right social media platform to post on

There are various platforms to do this, Pinterest is just one of them. If you have never used Pinterest before, start setting up boards about your favorite items. It could be songs of your favorite bands. If you have great recipes that you have tried in your past, create a board for that. You can even set up some of your boards as group boards. You then invite others to post on your boards. The advantage of this is you can find ideas of what others enjoy. You can control who is allowed to join to prevent spammers from infiltrating your boards.

If you insist on posting every meal on social media, consider using Twitter to do this. It’s a more forgiving platform as the messages pass through quickly and only contain a small number of characters. the truth is that your friends on Facebook are probably not as receptive.

Before you post images on facebook or Instagram…

While it’s great to show your appreciation for the small things using social media, remember to make sure you have the rights to post what you post. People and companies take copyright infringement seriously and posting any picture you find on a whim can get you into serious trouble. The fines can be significant, and there have been instances of criminal actions taken against perpetrators. If you search on Google for images and you don’t know whether it’s okay to use them, likely it’s not. Find those that are royalty free and always read the rules of use. Don’t take this issue lightly.

It’s also very important that you make sure you have permission to post pictures of people. If you wish to post images of people you don’t know, make sure you get a signed release that it’s okay to use their picture. If they are people you know, you can simply contact them and ask them with a verbal confirmation. Never use people’s images for a negative purpose, they won’t appreciate it plus you wouldn’t want them doing that to you.

Before you click the post button…

Always check your post again before you do it, ask yourself would I think that this is okay if someone else posted it.  In short, always be respectful of what you post on social media. Some media channels may allow you to post inappropriate material, such as nude pictures, etc. However, just because the particular channel allows it doesn’t mean you should engage in the practice. If it’s not something you are willing to show to your mother then that’s probably a good indication it should not go onto social media. Also always consider the long term implications.

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