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Social Media: When and What to Post
In times of heightened emotional responses and potential divide in values and opinions, it is important to consider what we are posting to social media platforms. The information we put online can affect the way we are viewed by others we care about, can be seen by people we don't know (but may in the future - think future boss), and can be chronicled for a long time. So, before sending out that social media post, you or the individual you support should consider one viewpoint of social media posting etiquette. And, while taking these ten guidelines into consideration, ask yourself:
- is the information accurate?
- is my intention to share knowledge and information or is it to start controversy?
- is this something you would say in front of your company, family, or friends in person?
While these guidelines don’t guarantee that your postings will avoid controversy, they can help make sure that you are confident that what you are posting is worth putting out on the internet.
If you are looking to share information related to COVID-19 on social media check out the CDC’s Social Media Toolkit for some free and well-vetted resources.