Social Media: the Dos & Don'ts ...

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Social media is incredibly powerful. But, with great power comes great responsibility, right? Here's some of the dos and don'ts you should be keeping in mind:

1. Do: Be Yourself

Remember, the people who are following you on Twitter already like the person that you are. Be your goofy, witty, sassy, quirky, (or however else you'd like to be described as) self and people will appreciate the content that you post!

2. DON'T: Catfish

We all know better than to do this, right? I mean, just watch an episode of MTV's Catfish and you'll realize that catfishing behind a computer screen isn't just a pastime - these are actual lives you're playing with! Stop pretending to be someone you're not - what's wrong with the person that you are?

3. Do: Spread Positivity

Use social media platforms as a way to spread your message. Let your voice be heard! Even with a 140-character count on Twitter, you can say anything you need to say. Give the people who are following you a reason to look forward to your tweets!

4. DON'T: Cyber-bullying

Why tear somebody down? What benefit does it have? Cyber-bullying is a very serious issue and people sometimes contribute to the problem without even knowing it. Be aware of your words and choose what you say wisely.

5. Do: Document Your Life

What's the point of having an Instagram account if you're not going to share the best moments of your day? You can document anything and everything and that's the beauty of social media - share what you see with others!

6. DON'T: Share Intimate Photos

I think the recent celebrity nude-photo scandal is testament to the fact that your privacy can be invaded at any time. If you don't want people to see your intimate photos, don't send them to anyone. Definitely do NOT trust them on social media!

7. Do: Be Direct

With a 140-character limit, there's no choice other than being short, sweet, and to the point.

8. DON'T: Sending Subtweets

I never understood the reasoning behind sub-tweets. I mean, isn't the whole point of social media to increase ways of communication? Reach out to the person you're constantly throwing indirect shade at and fix whatever's going on!

What other social media do's & don'ts can you think of?