Yesha Callahan

Dos & Don’ts Of Oversharing – Maybe Your Life Shouldn’t Be An Open Book

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

  1. Know your privacy settings [Facebook can be pretty tricky]
  2. If other people post questionable content on your wall, delete immediately.
  3. Use common sense (if you wouldn’t say it, don’t post it)
  4. 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?

  1. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    If you want to overshare, do so, using a pseudo name! duh.

    • October 24, 2012 - Reply

      @African Mami


      [see above at the broadest descriptor ever]

  2. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    Yes people need to quit posting their entire life on these social networking sites. Leave a bit of mystery. And then it kills me when they share something super personal but then they post “What’s on my page is my business. If you don’t like it delete me” You made it everyone’s business when you posted it ya big dummy.

    • October 24, 2012 - Reply


      yES!!!! I had that happen when attempting to discuss the debates. As soon as my comment didn’t fit into the echo chamber, this chick went on a rant about how personal her page is blah blah blah…[stopped reading]

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