I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen the ‘oversharer’ on a social network. Whether it’s Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter, there’s that person that puts a little too much out there for the world to see. Being on the receiving end of an oversharer can definitely become annoying. On my own Facebook page, I have about 200 friends. Out of that 200, I think I have unsubscribed from about 30 of them because of their sharing habits. Out of sight. Out of mind.
On a recent episode of The Ricki Lake Show, a social media expert and attorney gave their advice on oversharing. “What you put up on social media sites, stays there forever,” warns attorney Areva Martin. Martin has seen many cases of people fired from their jobs because of personal online activities.
As well as divorce cases where a Facebook and Twitter message proves their infidelity. To avoid problems in your real life, Martin suggests the following:
Areva Martin’s Online Tips
- Know your privacy settings [Facebook can be pretty tricky]
- If other people post questionable content on your wall, delete immediately.
- Use common sense (if you wouldn’t say it, don’t post it)
- Need to vent? Call someone on the phone or meet in person.
Social media expert Julia Allison also shares her own “Netiquette” tip.
Julia Allison’s #1 Tip
To be totally clear what you’re sharing with the world, sit in person with a friend (and two computers). Unfriend each other on FB, then look at one another’s profiles to see what the rest of the world sees. You might be surprised at how much is public and not just seen by Facebook “friends.”
Do you know someone who overshares? How did you handle it?