Think twice before you tweet -

Think twice before you tweet

Many of us may have at one time put a little too much information online. With millions of us on social media, the opportunities and mishaps are everywhere. Some may make bigger mistakes than others, but never is here.

According to David Griner, "I like to say we have reached a point of mutual assured destruction where everyone has embarrassing photos of themselves." Griner is Digital Content Director for the ad and public relations firm Luckie. His job is to make his clients look good online, and he can do the same for you.

Griner says, "Never say when you are going out of town. I'm amazed at how many people talk about this. 'Headin' out of town. Goin' to a conference. Going to leave the house for a week.' What are you thinking?"

Many social media users don't realize a tiny "tweet here" can show up everywhere.

"Just because you don't have a big audience doesn't mean someone can't take what you've said and put it out there in front of a global audience," says Griner.

And that means in the work place, too. How often have you vented about a boss or co-worker or a bad day at the job?

According to Griner, "There is a time and place to complain about your job and Facebook and Twitter, they are not that place."

So, don't tell everyone where you are, or complain about your boss or potential employer. Instead, invoke Griner's "5 second rule".

"When you are about to post something to Facebook or Twitter, stop and wait five seconds and think about whether there is really anything to be gained from posting that."

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