How Can YOU Tell if You’ve Shared Too Much on Social Media?

cloud symbolTen years ago I was asked a question in a group. The question was about where do I see myself in 5 or 10 years. It’s basically a good question, one of those obvious leading questions about setting goals and becoming something you want to be, The truth is, I don’t know exactly what that looks like. The reasons are many but perhaps part of its learning what happens to a plan when life gets in the way.
Adam Carolla Rant of the Day – 3/1/13

Here’s an example, that didn’t happen to me, but it probably has for someone. Suppose you planned on becoming an astronaut. You’ve taken all the required college courses, pilot training, are in good health & routinely exercise, and even entered Annapolis. Now, a few more years of education and preparation and you find out the astronaut program has been essentially defunded. You can say, well the time wasn’t wasted and you’ve gained valuable experience but the goal was never realized. Not a total loss by any stretch of the imagination. For some people though, life’s altering moments cause us to understand, not everyone will be able to plan the next 5 to 10 years with reliable predictability. Cancer, car accident, natural disaster, drive-by shooting, etc. all are part of the unpredictability of life. In short, living your life without direction isn’t something to strive for, but be prepared to accept the unexpected.

Change is a never-ending process but not all change is progress. Here are a few examples of those changes.

  • Fifty years ago, we saw people on TV talking into their glass frames as if they had a secret microphone linked to someone in a remote location. It was total fiction. Now we have Google glass.
  • We saw spies in movies traveling in undetectable aircraft. Now we have stealth attack drones.

We were doing well and living large when we had two or more of these things in our homes.

  • A telephone with a private line. (There were shared phone lines at one time).
  • A color television that everyone in the house shared. (A color TV was considered a luxury).
  • A portable record player you could set on a table or other furniture so that you could play your own music.

Here are a few things none of us knew were coming but routinely accept as part of our lives.

  • Smart phones which not only allow us to make telephone calls, they’ve become a big source of music & video entertainment.
  • Social Media has overtaken porn as the No. 1 activity on the web.
  • Over 200 million of Facebook’s users are “mobile only”.
  • 30% of Facebook’s ad revenue is from users that only access via mobile devices.
  • The fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55–64 year age bracket. It has grown by 79% since 2012.
  • The 45–54 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic on both Facebook and Google+.
  • For Facebook, this group has jumped 46%.
  • For Google+, 56%.

This means you should keep older users in mind when using social media, on at least these three platforms.

I’ve often made predictions about advancements in science and computer technology, most of the time I failed miserably in these predictions.

Computer technology would become part of every classroom and home providing great advancements in education and human understanding. (Well I got part of that right)

Transportation would become more advanced to the point where you would be able to leave your home in a (alternative energy like hydrogen) smart car that would enter super highways and be moved along with a conveyor like precision leaving the driver to catch up on last-minute job preparation or the news. Google is working on a prototype driver-less car. I also thought these highways would lead to major centralized commuter locations where people could get on trains and be whisked at high-speed to their destinations. A further enhancement to that would be your car is moved on to the train and you could then have it available to use at your destination. (I was very wrong on this but it still appeals to me)

Technologists and doctors would have a tiny computer embedded into optics which would allow them to ask questions of other resources or a database of information before and during any procedure. (Google Glass & the Internet could still make this happen)

Facebook logoWhere I really was off the mark was anticipating where the Internet would lead us in a group sharing experience such as Facebook. Here’s where many netizens have jumped the shark.

You might have personally jumped the shark with the following Social Media sharing activity.

  • Posted a video of yourself trying to squeeze your former size 4 backside into size 10 jeans and not realizing you’re now a size 14.
  • Posting an announcement to the world that you are in possession of your faculties while at a strip club, all gay bar, private party, dancing with a lampshade on your head with someone, and you don’t think you will regret it the next day.
  • Posting announcements to the community your bust size, penis size or backside, sometimes supported with photographic evidence.

How can you tell you have shared way too much information on Facebook?
1 – When the FBI or the NSA sends you a thank you card.
2 – When your spouse / significant other reads your profile and is shocked to learn things you never told them about yourself.
3 – When TMZ or the Daily Beast texts you and asks for a little more detail to round out the story they’re about to run.
4 – When Bill Clinton calls and wants to know more.
5 – When you start offering your opinions about how the Kardashians, Jay Z, or Miley Cyrus need to conduct their life.
6 – Posting videos of you with an underground arsenal and demonstrating your knife throwing ninja abilities.
7 – Posting videos of your speedometer pegged while circling the city or running down the expressway. Better still when the video is date & time stamped and you show street signs along the way.
8 – When you share what you think is humor and it insults several nationalities in the punch line(s)
9 – You frequently find it fun to debate people and when they say something you don’t like, you call them names and threaten them along with their families.
10 – You can’t help but share the best grandchildren, pet or cute animal videos and hoping for a lot of likes to your shared posts.

Think before you post!

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