Some years ago, when I was in Law School, I posted something vile on my Facebook page. I believe it was during President Jonathan’s administration. I’m not sure what exactly he did at the time, but I was enraged – like so many other people around me and in diaspora.
I was so angry at whatever had happened at the time that I wrote something very nasty about the President. It was actually insulting.
The next day, I received a call from my Dad asking me what I posted on Facebook. I was confused; my Dad was not on Facebook, and secondly, because I write a lot on Facebook so I was wondering which particular one he meant.
“I don’t understand, Sir” I said.
In an angry tone he told me to remove whatever it was I wrote on Facebook immediately. I had completely forgotten about what I had written the previous day. So I went back to my wall wondering how my father knew what I wrote on Facebook. It must be a family member that can not mind their business, I concluded.
The only damaging post on my wall was the one about Jonathan. So I took it down. I was miffed that my freedom of speech was being infringed on by my Dad and whomever reported me to him. Nonsense.
Years later, I began to understand the essence of keeping your thoughts and everything you put on social media in check.
What is Social Media?
Wikipedia defines social media as “media use web-based technologies, desktop computers and mobile technologies (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals, communities and organizations can share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content or pre-made content posted online. They introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between businesses, organizations, communities and individuals”
Now we understand that social media basically is a technological innovation that gives you a platform to communicate, interact and engage people most times “real time”.
Now let us look at what social media reach means :
It is no wonder that many businesses are now dominating cyberspace and utilizing the many advantages of social media as an effective marketing tool.
The ‘koko’ is you are able to reach more people with your content on social media as a business or as an individual.
So as an individual, I’m present on all social networks, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter. So anything I post will not just be seen by my immediate followers, but their followers as well – especially if they share it to their space. My content is spreading. Your content could be good or bad, but it will definitely leave an impression about you.
What kind of impression do you want people having about you? Sometimes, we don’t care what people think; but what if whatever you leave out there could harm your career, relationship, family or business. Would you think think twice before posting anything and everything that comes to your mind?
Trust me, you don’t want your careless post reaching the wrong hands.
I read with dismay a comment on Funmi Iyanda’s post about marriage not being for her, and the guy that insulted Michelle Obama not having male children. News has it that he was suspended at work for his thoughtless comment.
When are we going to learn constructive criticism and stop being cyber bullies? What are you going to benefit from putting people down all the time? Even the Bible says “I will bless those who bless you and curse them that curse you”.
The rate at which we are so quick to insult people on social media is alarming! There are so many young impressionable people out there, what message are we passing to them?
Let your words/comments be geared toward building and destroying because they might eventually come back to haunt you.
It might have far- reaching consequence than you envisage, if not now, then later.
Be careful what you post on Social Media.