Social media has given us freedom to express ourselves, and the ability to post anonymously has encouraged us to abuse this freedom. Today as I sat down reflecting on the content I have posted on Facebook, I realized how much censorship was needed in those posts. I personally know most of the people I have added to my Facebook friends list, and truth be told these people represent an entire society. So, what happens in a real society?
In a real society, there are wealthy people, working class, students and the poor. So, how do I ensure that my posts are relevant to these groups of people? a little bit of self censorship, clear conscience, selflessness and objectivity are needed to ensure that posts are balanced. We are all going through a journey that will end someday, and the most important thing is to encourage each other, and lift one another whenever the burdens of life become tiresome. Nobody wishes to travel alone, and this is why we need each other. To be relevant, we have to meet the needs of each other in the current setup. We need to ensure that no one is left behind, but that we are all forging ahead towards one destiny.
I have personally decided to change the way I post in order to accommodate all my friends, because I need each one of them. As I work on a master plan that would help me achieve this goal, the following tips will certainly come in handy for anyone who wishes to make a positive impact:
1. Let love lead you
Have you found yourself posting to respond to someone else’s behavior, words or actions? Have you found yourself posting on your timeline about another person?
Yes, we are all tempted to behave in such a selfish manner, which is only part of our individualized lives. We only care about ourselves, and not the other person.
Some tongues are always itchy to tell on someone. We are ready to brand people negatively and post it on places where they can read, often, with intent to hurt or ridicule them.
Of course, there are those who publicize their own mistakes, faults and problems. Ask yourself if a message or phone call would be better than a public post.
2. If things were different …
Of course, we are living in a rash world, where words precede thought. We make rash decisions and we are fast to talk than to listen.
Before you post, listen to your heart. What drives you to post that content? What will be the impact of your words? Is it likely to heal or bruise, make or break?
Do not post anything that can bruise self or others. Someday, you might be the one on the receiving end and there goes the old adage, “do unto others what you want done to you”.
3. Consider your audience
Whom are you writing for? Chances are that there are people from different age groups and social statuses. Is your post appropriate to juniors, seniors, age mates? Is it reaching out to the unemployed and broken hearted? Does it speak to those below and above your status?
You cannot please everyone, but try as much as possible to speak to each one of your readers. How can this be done? Wisdom is the key.
It is important to always pair up wisdom with ethics. You need to save your face as well as keep some people at the back yard to catch you when you are falling!