Let’s Chat:: Things you should never share on Instagram

Let’s Chat:: Things you should never share on Instagram

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!

Joanne

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Joanne is an avid salsa dancer and instructor. She posts under the ‘Let’s Chat’ category about lifestyle advice and life in between Edinburgh, UK and Corfu, Greece. You can also find her Instagramming at @theedinburghlife
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14 Comments

  1. Amanda
    August 27, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Whilst I agree with your other comments, point 4 about “depressing pictures” and how the person should shut down their social media and take time with themselves is potentially dangerous advice and dismissive of mental illness and the need for community and peer support. I understand that you’ve elaborated to include negative posts exposing private details about an ex and agree that posts shouldn’t be here to overshare or create drama. However particularly your mention of suicide and depressing thoughts completely minimises the demographic of instagram users, particularly young adults and teens, who may use it as a platform to connect to the outside world and feel comfortable reaching out for help – albeit in an arguably unhealthy way – but this might be the thing which prompts someone to reach out to them.
    Not trying to be overly critical and I think that your overall message and aesthetic is great. I don’t get the impression that your target audience are young people but rather ambitious professionals and your message is addressed to adults in their working lives to avoid tarnishing their public image. Not to be critical, just something to consider.

    • August 28, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Not at all, and thank you so much for your comment. We love and value every single comment in our community and welcome all criticism 🙂
      I assume Joanne was referring to people posting depressed images of themselves for attention, I think we have all witnessed this on Instagram.
      But you are absolutely right that IF there is true need to talk and connect with others whilst going through a life crisis then social media are one of the best ways to do it…
      Let’s see what Joanne has to say:)

    • Joanne
      Author
      August 29, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Hi Amanda,

      Thank you for your comment -you have a few valid points there but I think you misunderstood my suggestion.

      I was advising this, of not posting ‘depressing images of yourself threatening to commit a suicide’, since I’ve witnessed people doing so in an attempt to get their ex partners back. Not only it made them look immature but it also affected their work, they completely lost respect for behaving as such online. If indeed you are going through a tough time then (like I said) it’s best if you seek professional help and talk to someone. By posting things online you will not get any peace of mind or help but only ‘likes’ and the attention of people who are up for the drama. My humble opinion is that if you post things as such online it will only damage you as anything on the internet stays there forever…. Always best to talk to professionals!

      Thank you for reading my article and I hope this explanation makes a bit more sense 🙂
      Joanne

  2. August 28, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Brilliant article Joanne, thank you! I always find it cringey when people (especially big Instagrammers) upload pictures of their friends’ kids on the platform. It just feels so not right! Imagine being that kid, growing up to be a teenager and having a Series of your childhood pictures uploaded in someone else’s Instagram, aaargh!
    x

  3. August 28, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I totally agree on that to better think twice what to post, as you might regret it later on. I’m very cautious when it comes to family photos I don’t want them to be fully exposed. I would also not use social media for dismissive attitude, I don’t understand why some people do that to other ones.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • August 29, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Hi Simone,
      Thank you for your comment, you couldn’t have said it better!
      Once, after a tough breakup, one of my friends told me that my Blog is not an approval platform, meaning that it was not the place to post the dirt about my ex and expect people to approve/disapprove me. Six years later and I am so glad I followed her advice and didn’t post anything about him! Social media are there to connect in a nice, creative way and not to put others down or moan about situations (even though I am guilty of moaning a few times on Twitter, hehe).
      Thanks for reading Natbee’s x

  4. August 28, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    what a great post! nowadays it feels like anyone can post anything on social media, which is great. but I think I wouldn’t post what you’ve mentioned either since it’s private for me and I think I just have to set boundaries from the internet. still having those abilities to keep my privacy is something necessary x
    have a wonderful day!

    • August 29, 2018 / 8:45 am

      That’s it! You have to set the boundaries and because it is easy to click on that ‘share’ button, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do it too…
      x

  5. August 29, 2018 / 12:34 am

    Excellent tips and so true. One must be careful with all social media in this age of over sharing.

    Allie

    • August 29, 2018 / 8:44 am

      So, so true!
      You know, back in 2007 when I started blogging, oversharing wasn’t a bad thing because there were very few people reading our blogs and mainly people that we would have invited or shared our blog profiles with. Nowadays, with so many people reading my blog I am terrified what I am posting and obsessively check my grammar and point of view! And don’t even get me started with Instagram…
      x

  6. Nina
    August 29, 2018 / 12:35 am

    These are great tips. I never post my daughetr’s pics on Social media just for security reasons.
    Nina’s Style Blog

    • August 29, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Than you Nina.
      I am not a mother but most certainly will never post images of my children online just because I do not fancy having their childhood shared with strangers.
      People often do not understand the danger that comes with it, but it takes small steps at a time!
      x

  7. August 29, 2018 / 10:43 am

    definitely agree with no posting pictures of other people’s children as well as naked pics.. other things, it depends on the person posting it, I guess.

    • August 30, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Totally true! It really depends on the person and the occasion!

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