In today’s era, where food is eaten only after shared on Instagram and a weekend getaway hasn’t actually happened unless you have documented it all over your Instagram Stories, your Instagram account is much more than what Facebook used to be in 2005; it is your brand and a way to sell yourself to potential future employees and even potential partners (who hasn’t uploaded the odd bikini post with the hope James will see it? I hear ya!).
The content you share on your social media is a reflection of who you are and how seriously you want people to perceive you, so here are a few things you should think twice before sharing on your Instagram. Remember, whatever is posted on the Internet stays on the Internet forever…
THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SHARE ON INSTAGRAM!
1/ Naked pictures (Duh!)
Whether it is naked pictures of yourself – side boob excluded because it has happened to all of us at least once – or your boyfriend/girlfriend/friend, naked pictures should not be posted online for obvious reasons. I would take it a bit further and advice you not to share naked images on chat platforms like Whatsapp and/or Viber either because the privacy policies of these apps change more frequent than you remove your daily make up. Better safe than regret it, right?
2/ Children/baby pictures
…especially if they are not yours! Babies are so cute it is hard to resit and not post a picture of you holding your best friends baby, however before you do so it’s best of you ask the parents if they feel comfortable with you posting images of their babies online as it is illegal to do otherwise and without parental permission. A friend of mine, before she even gave birth to her daughter, texted all of us politely explaining why she wished her daughter’s face never to be shared online until she would be old enough to make the choice herself. Posting your baby’s/children’s pictures online is an individual choice however, would you want to see pictures of yourself when you were a baby/toddler online from the 80’s?
3/ Views on socio-political matters
Before posting your views on Brexit or start a thread about immigrants flooding the Greek islands, it’s best if you do your research. In my previous work, one of my colleagues kept posting on her Instagram images of the war in Syria and the immigrants crossing the Aegean claiming that it was all fake and a political propaganda. Needless to say, no one in the office regarded high of her!
4/ Depressing images of yourself
We have all been there and if you feel low right now please talk to someone, there’s no shame in seeking help. Do not post images of yourself crying or even worse images of yourself threatening to commit suicide after your recent break-up or whatever life disappointment you might deal at the moment. At moments of despair the wisest thing to do is shut all your social media and try to make some peace with yourself. Posting juicy details about your ex’s character online will not do you any favours, quite the opposite, it will make you look bitchy and immature.
5/ Whatever the situation think before you do it!
Instagram makes it so easy for us to hit ‘share with’ that we often forget to think before doing so. Before posting about your colleagues habits or a seemingly innocent flatlay from your work desk, double check what is it actually that you are posting and what is the purpose of it! Sharing about your colleagues annoying habits of not cleaning the mugs or that flatlay of your coffee next to the succulent with a bill showing your bank details in the background, might cause you more stress than the pleasure of getting the Insta-likes.
What are the things you would never consider posting on Instagram? Share your thoughts with us!