#shareitsaturday / 3 questions to ask yourself before posting to Facebook (or any other social media)

If you’ve been on any kind of social media for any length of time, you’ve likely seen them.

You know who I’m talking about.

The annoying people.

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The people that have nothing positive to say, EVER.
The people that stir up controversy.
The people that share 20 gazillion photos and links…a DAY!

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The people that complain and complain and then talk about how they are leaving Facebook because there is nothing good that comes out of it – and then you see them back in a few weeks or months. HA! Those are the best.

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The people that really don’t think before they post. Period.

Let’s all agree right now to not be those people. Shall we?

For today’s #shareitsaturday I want to give you 3 questions I learned from a social media training class (with one of my favorite inspirational people in the world – Chad Hyams) that have always stuck with me.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting to Facebook:

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1) is this valuable INFORMATION?

Do you have something of value that is informative to the social media world? Would people be grateful to you for sharing this information? Is it helpful?

2) is this INTERESTING?

Does anyone really care about what you’re saying? We’ve all seen the people that post uselessness on a constant basis. It gets old. Really old. And EVERYTHING is not interesting. Limit your posts and shares to 2-3 times a day. We’d all appreciate that!

3) is this INSPIRING to others?

This is the biggest one for me. I want to inspire others. Whether it is with my words or actions, I want to encourage people along the way. I don’t want to tear down. I don’t want to make others mad. There’s plenty of other places in life where we have stress. For me, social media isn’t one of those. I avoid the controversial people and controversial topics because they NEVER end up good on Facebook. Someone always gets mad. I’m not saying don’t stand up for what you believe, I just feel those topics are more than likely better addressed in person or in another place other than social media. And NO ONE wants to hear about your drama (or mine for that matter!).

I like to remember these 3 questions as the 3 I’s. Information. Interesting. Inspiring.

Sticking to these boundaries has given me a pretty enjoyable social media experience. I don’t typically engage with people that go outside these boundaries. I actually “unfollow” them from my newsfeed all the time so that I’m not distracted by their actions and words. Notice: I didn’t say unfriend. Unfollow is totally different. You’re still there – you just don’t see anything they post in your newsfeed – GENIUS!

Earlier this week someone on our team at work taught our weekly devotion about a true experience they had on Facebook. They had gotten caught up in posting drama and someone in their life was bold enough to call them out on it. Their words hit hard. They felt that the drama postings actually hurt their witness. Yep.

That’s a tough reality to digest.

What we say on social media affects what people think of us, our witness for Christ and more. It can affect our jobs, business relationships, friendships, etc.

I’m all about being intentional on Facebook. It makes a world of a difference.

Now if I could just start setting a timer every time I open that little app on my phone so that I don’t get caught up in the time suck that it can be so often đŸ™‚

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2 comments

  1. Well said! i do not want anyone turning away from Jesus from my drama. Let my post uplift and inspire… Except for today’s— my hair did not turn out blonde!!! Lol!

    I am definitely on fb longer than normal this week. I am getting sucked in. Let me get the timer out and limit myself.

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