We all have those friends on social media who only seem to post about their problems or whatever’s going wrong in their lives. They post depressing memes, stories, and even song lyrics. People like that are putting their online reputation at risk, and no one wants to see that in their news feed. Social media used to be a positive and happy place, but then people started treating their profiles like personal diaries. From work to their boss to the weather, it’s all a major downer. Here are a few easy ways that you can avoid becoming that person:
Wait Before You Post
You might be tempted to repost that negative political story or something else that backs up your negative world view. But take a minute to think about it first. Does it add any value to other people’s feeds? Does it elevate the discourse about politics? Is it actually interesting? Or are you just posting it to validate your own bad mood or negative online reputation? If you still think it’s worth it after giving it a minute or two, go ahead and post it. If not, delete it.
Before posting a selfie, ask yourself if it’s a good photo that represents you well. Selfies don’t have to be the only photos you post. If it’s a photo of you that’s just taken from another angle, don’t post it. The same goes for drunk selfies and photos accompanied by captions begging for likes and validation.
Cat Photos And Memes
These are always encouraged, depending on your personal brand. Post all the cat photos and memes you can find. The Internet loves them and they can instantly cheer up your followers throughout the day. You’ll gain a more positive online reputation, too. So post less photos of your kids, and more of cats.
Post more of these! Bright, happy photos and quotes will cheer up everyone who sees them. Plus, you’ll feel better, too. Grab some great inspirational memes from Pinterest and post one or two a day. For every negative news story or article designed to inspire outrage, you can post something inspiring.
Block Negative People
It sounds harsh, but you don’t really need to keep your best friend from childhood on your friends list, especially if you haven’t spoken to them in 15 years. This is even more crucial when all they post is depressing statuses and news stories. It’s okay to unfriend them and let them go. You don’t need to accept every friend request. Instead, be selective and curate your feed so that you’re getting fun and informational posts from people who have their lives together. You’ll be amazed by how much happier you’ll be. Don’t believe me? Send me an email and I’ll tell you about my own personal experiences.