Yes, I do belong to the population that craves news and other crazy information anyone can get on 9gag. I laugh with the rest of them. I get angry with politicians and celebrities that gets to be a trending topic on Twitter because of their stupidities. I like pages. I comment on them. I am an internet junkie.
Sometimes, I post something inappropriate. I will get those jitters after I press OK. Then I delete them before someone sees them. Sometimes, I don't. Then it gets me into trouble.
That's when I learn the following:
1. Never post something... anything... when you're angry.
Do not give into anger. When someone posts anything negative on you, ignore it, because if you try defend yourself, they will also defend what they said, and then it will be a never-ending carousel.
2. Never say "I feel you..." "I know what you're going through..."
Because YOU DON'T. Every experience, every person is different.
3. Never press LIKE on something that is negative.
Imagine someone posting that her mother died, and you LIKED that post. Oh, Dear God.
4. Never post pictures that may offend people.
Nudity is surely number one on this list of offensive pictures. Especially if you don't look good without clothes on. It may even get you banned.
5. Never tag people in pictures if they look bad in them.
I got into trouble with this. I tagged a friend of mine on a picture, and her mother saw it. Her mother learned that we were out instead of in my house. Another is when I tagged a friend who looked stupid in one picture. It made me realize that I have to be careful with everything I do online.
6. Never repost your business/products to buy if they said no.
Posting on everyone's wall about your business is ok... that is, if you do it once. However, reposting it everyday will probably make you lose friends.
7. Never share links that may prove to be more harmful than helpful.
Some people post things to make them famous. Do not give in. Weigh the pros and cons before sharing information.
8. Never retweet anything that you haven't read beforehand.
Links that come in your feed may be harmful and you don't even know it.
9. Keep your private life private.
You had a fight with your husband? Oh please do not post anything about it. That's where cheesy love song lyrics come in.
10. If everything else fails, log-off.
There will come a time that you will feel that you've grown too attached to your computer than your actual life. Give yourself (and your computer!) a break and go on a hiatus. You can come back anytime anyway.
Everything that is on this list, I have actually experienced. Social networks are a lot of fun. It brings out your creativity and you find information even before they come out in the news. The trouble comes when you get too involved with it. Let's all just keep it cool. =)