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Don't test me...

and other social media rules.

Social media can be fun or frustrating, depending on how you approach it. Social platforms can allow you to reach new customers, connect with long-lost friends, or to annoy the daylights out of those who love you. Everyone has their own approach and philosophy about how to “do social media,” and I’m no exception. Here are a few of my personal boundaries.


Don’t test my interest in your posts or my regard for you as a person by asking me to copy and paste, or take a personality test (often linked to information mining). I absolutely believe you have the right to post your long rant, but just because I won’t copy it and share it doesn’t mean I don’t like you or your ideas.


Know that I protect my headspace and I will hide your posts or even snooze you for 30 days if you make my time online painful. I’m an educator, so I am all for the debate of ideas. However, that doesn’t mean I want to look at your vulgar memes or posts that equate violence with entertainment. Racism is never funny. (Good people sometimes make dumb posting mistakes, and that's why I won't block you...the first time.) You are more than welcome to ignore or hide my comments or dubious music video selections as you wish.


Understand that my offline life comes first. If my job becomes demanding, or the people around me need my face-to-face attention (or these days phone calls), then posting online is going to come second. I take my own advice, which I’ve been giving since about 2012, and go on a data diet periodically. Just know that if you are the person who needs me in real life you’ll have my undivided attention.


I love learning new information, so post those articles (once you’ve vetted the links) and throw out those contemplative questions. Let’s connect and engage, and even entertain each other, but don’t test me.



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