Monday, July 7, 2014

Social Media Monday—T. H. I. N. K. Before You Share Online

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I didn’t always enjoy social media. Before I spent time on the various networks I assumed that interactions there were at best, shallow, with little or no real-world value. I’d formed my opinions by listening to the comments and complaints of others.

It wasn’t until I actually took time to interact online that I discovered there were lots of things of value being shared. The people I’ve met and the skills I’ve learned through online connections have added so much to my life—professionally and personally.

Unfortunately, I’ve also run across my fair share of time-wasting interactions. These have run the gamut of spam sales notices to misleading articles. But even these experiences have been, in a strange way, valuable. They’ve helped me develop my own set of guidelines to keep me from adding to the worthless noise that clutters up our digital universe.

I think of these things as a series of filters that help me keep out any junk that might otherwise slip through. I call it my T. H. I. N. K. before you share online system.

Here’s how it works:
T – Transparent. I want to be transparent in all that I do. I don’t want people who interact with me online—through social media or my blogs—to feel like I have a hidden agenda.

H – Honest. I don’t even want to mislead anyone on purpose. I don’t want to build myself up as something I’m not, or present myself in a way that isn’t true.

I –  Inspiring. I want the things I share online to inspire others. I don’t mean I have to be the inspiration, but I want to challenge us all to do more than we ever thought we could.

N – Nice. This poor little word is, in my opinion, under-utilized. I would like to see it regain some of it’s strength. There’s a lot to be said for being nice. And I try to hold to that standard with every single thing I post online. I can say this for certain, out of all the things in life I’ve regretted, being nice has never been one of them.

K – Knowledge. I want to make sure I’m sharing actual knowledge online, not just noise. This means what I share needs to be helpful in some way.

This filter hasn’t watered down my online message. 

Quite the contrary. My online focus is stronger because I take care to filter it. I can still share things that may be tough, I can teach others to do what I’ve done, and I can introduce my online connections to people and things I find valuable.

Now it’s your turn. How do you decide what to share online? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

TWEETABLES

16 comments:

  1. Great post! The "nice" was especially convicting, because I once posted something that wasn't, and there's no taking it back... just hoping it will never be found in an internet search again. A real James 3 problem...:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Patricia, I've learned that lesson by experience as well! Thanks so much for stopping by, Blessings, E

      Delete
  2. I'll have to remember this. I always try to bring hope with my messages...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jennifer, Hope is a great addition to the list! Thanks so much for sharing, Blessings, E

      Delete
  3. I also stay away from politics and socially charged issues. I used to take classes from a few people in my area. Their Facebook posts have been so inflammatory that I couldn't bring myself to take a class for fear that their opinions would bleed over into the class and just upset me. Not worth my time or money.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Heather, that's my philosophy also. Great tip! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

      Delete
  4. Amen, Edie! I wish everyone on any type of social media could read this. The internet is full of people's dirty laundry and snarky remarks. The Bible exhorts us to speak words that uplift, edify, and instruct. As always, you have given us wise words to follow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Andrea, thanks so much. I appreciate that you took time to comment, Blessings, E

      Delete
  5. Great post, Edie! There are so many times that I get spammed or get tired of hearing the same sales pitch from an author. This is a helpful checklist. And FOR SURE, BRING ON MORE NICE!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Michelle, I wish those authors would realize they're doing themselves way more harm than good. I'm afraid there are lots of social media firms and coaches who are willing to shovel out bad advice for a quick buck. Blessings, E

      Delete
  6. Excellent post, Edie! And I loved Andrea's comment as well. We are supposed to build each other up. Thanks for the encouragement and wise counsel!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is great, Edie. I haven't filtered my comments and "offerings" to the extent that you have, but your THINK method sounds good. Mostly, I try to share things that will uplift others in some way, whether through a laugh, a blog post I liked, a kind comment or something that made me stop and think. I try not to be negative anywhere online.

    Thanks for this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jeanne, that's a good way to handle it. Uplifting covers a lot of what I mention here. And I should have included humor! Thanks for adding to the list, Blessings, E

      Delete
  8. Great ideas Edie. I love to use humor even on the darkest of subjects because there is always the light at the end of the tunnel. We must remember that and always walk towards it.

    ReplyDelete