Sharing on Social Media
I found this picture in my Facebook news feed. It was posted by someone I used to work with and I was appalled to see someone using social media to bully and harass this woman. I don’t know the whole story, and truly it doesn’t matter, by sharing this image they were being a cyberbully.
She may have posted other people’s names and addresses publicly. As I said, I don’t care, that is not the point. By posting her address and phone number the person posting this and the ones sharing it were just as wrong as she may have been. As my mom is always fond of saying, two wrongs don’t make a right.
It is so easy to post something on social media and not feel responsible for it. What is the harm in sharing something like this? After all, all you would need to do is click share. No big deal.
If someone went to her house and scared her and any children she may have, how can you be held responsible? All you did was click share. Everyone does it all day, every day. See a quote you like? Share it. See a satire picture of Barack Obama? Share it. See a video degrading women? Share it.
So often we have the attitude that if we didn’t post the original content, we don’t have any responsibility. Well I am here to tell you that you are responsible for the content you share on social media.
Social media is not a private medium. When you post content on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus, you are leaving an electronic fingerprint. This fingerprint will follow you forever. You can decide to delete something you posted, but there is still an electronic copy of it somewhere on the net.
When you apply for a job, many employers are checking Google and social media sites to research how you conduct yourself online. Every time you share on social media you are adding or subtracting to your online reputation. What will potential employers find out about you?