Here’s a simple guide that can help you feel more comfortable in determining when and how to share information in the best way possible on your personal social media.

  1. Follow our 8 questions to ask yourself to determine if your source is reliable (if you are sharing a link). Click here for these steps. 
  2. Do I have a clear goal with my share (like to entertain, enlighten, educate or engage)?
  3. Does this information honestly and accurately represent who I am and what I care about?
  4. Will this information cause hurt feelings or cause damage to others?
  5. Am I willing and able to accept feedback and conversation the information I share from those I know and from those I don’t know, even if I don’t agree with them?

If the answer is no to any one of the questions above, consider these things:

  1. Review the original information again. Is this information helpful to others?
  2. Check additional sources. Did you find something new? If so, does this change your viewpoint? Do you want to take a little more time to find a different or even better source to share?
  3. Is this information necessary to share on a public social media platform? Would it be better to share with a smaller group in a social media forum or some other forum? Would it be better just for a few people to read or just one person? Would this information be better shared by email? Voice to voice? Maybe even in person?

When information comes at us constantly and quickly, it’s important to put our best and most earnest efforts into our online written words and social media shares, today and every day. It makes a difference in our personal and overall well-being and the well-being of others.

Sharing is caring.

Using a thoughtful process to share your words can embrace the importance and power of the written word and use it to good purpose. 

For more in-depth social media health and wellness, click here

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