Whether Snapchat, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is your social media of choice, it’s easy to come off conceited, angry, or just plain shallow with your profile. Here’s how to stay in line.
Take time to celebrate others
The biggest keyword in social media is “social”—meaning you should always make an effort to interact, and not just post ramblings or vacation photos.
If the only way you interact with other people is to “like” when they comment on your post or to get into arguments with content you don’t agree with, you need to make more of an effort to congratulate others or offer encouragement.
There are posts that, try as you may, you cannot resist putting out your thoughts. This can however be done in a positive way!
Say what you actually mean
a good way of ensuring you’re sending the right message to your followers, friends, and fans is to be very direct about how you feel, what you think and what matters to you. It’s less likely someone will misinterpret if everything is easy to understand.
Communicate in a way that is direct, clear, and specific, since it is too easy for people to misinterpret, misunderstand, and even feel upset by things on social media. State your feelings to help decrease the chances of people assuming or guessing what you’re feeling, which frequently is incorrect.
With the loads of fun filters on Snapchat, you might pass time or kill boredom by taking quick shots with puppy ears or hearts around your nose.
While sending those funny photos to your friends that disappear within five seconds is probably okay, posting those me-and-only-me photos on Facebook or Twitter, might give people the idea that you’re full of yourself.
While selfies have become more common, there is a time and a place for them. It’s perfectly appropriate for you to have a picture of you by yourself as your profile photo.
However, if every single picture you are posting on social media (or even if more than half of the pictures you post) are of you, by yourself, looking pretty or checking out your abs in the mirror, you are definitely going to come across as conceited. People want to seek check more than your abs or pretty face.
Your tone matters (and shows)
It is sometimes difficult to read between the thin lines of text on Facebook or to express how you really feel (with proper punctuation) in 140 characters. As a result of this, commenting can be tricky, as you may come across as snippy just by using a period instead of an exclamation mark.
People can get a sense of your personality and how you treat others by the way that you phrased your comments. Are you kind and positive or rude and demeaning when you comment?
One way to change your social media tone is to say it out loud first, before you type it out and make it public.
You reveal your values
Whatever you post—or comment—can give a stranger a glimpse into the things you believe in. Though it’s usually okay in a private account, if you’re however posting very opinionated articles on LinkedIn, you may push away possible job opportunities.
Based on your comments, a viewer can learn a lot about your beliefs and values. People can tell what you find entertaining and what you find frustrating.