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6 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Social Media Reputation

Published on 24 September 13
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It comes as no surprise that the things you do and say on the Internet can seriously affect your real lifeâthe personal side and the professional side. Hiring managers, HR workers, recruiters, and even college admissions officers turn to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to learn more about potential employees and students.


Although you might think that risqué picture or that dirty RT from your favorite comedian are funny items to share, they might ultimately ruin your reputation on social media â and in life.

The Tragic Tale of TMI

TMI is no one's friend. No one wants to read about it, and no one should want to share it. People assume that they have a protective layer of anonymity on the Internet that makes it okay to share scintillating tidbits about their sex lives or frankly gross anecdotes about their latest check-up.


However, whether you're a private user or a brand using social media for professional motives, you're not entirely anonymous. People will remember the information you share, especially when it's way too much.

The Case of the Creeper

6 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Social Media Reputation - Image 1
Image via Flickr by daniellehelm

Creeping on other people is a horrible habit, and you need to avoid it at all costs. Stop doing it -- not just because it's weird and, of course, creepy, but because you'll end up outing yourself. Whether you're creeping on the competition, your ex business partner, or your ex boyfriend, you'll unintentionally or accidentally reveal yourself at some point.


While finding out what people are up to is an understandable urge, so is dropping dime by revealing knowledge of something you shouldn't know about in a tweet or status update. If you have to creep, keep your trap shut.

Forgetting about Internet Etiquette

Do you know the rules of Internet etiquette? Polite and politic behavior, keeping inflammatory opinions to yourself, never bullying or putting down other bloggers, and never stealing content are just some of the rules of good etiquette online. When you disobey these rules, you become known as the bully, the copycat, the instigator.


If you're guilty of these cyber sins, it's hard to get past the label and improve your reputation. A quality reputation management company like Reputation.com, for example, can help you whitewash your reputation, but it's up to you to keep up your new reputation and follow this delicate etiquette in the future.
A Lack of Originality

When you're trying to blog professionally, either for yourself or for a company, a lack of originality is one of the worst habits you can have. Sharing funny updates, pictures, or articles from other people is fine â on occasion. The thing is, if you never share an original thought, you quickly become one note. People will forget about you or, worse, they'll assume you're a boring copycat who's never had an original thought.


You also never let your true self shine through your social media sites. People don't know who you are, what you stand for, or what you want. When you're trying to manage social media for a brand, you'll fail from the start. You have to stand out from all the other bloggers and social media mavens online, which means being yourself with a sure edge that will keep people reading.
Becoming a Like-Moocher

6 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Social Media Reputation - Image 2
Image via Flickr by Ksayer1

Do you constantly ask for likes and beg for followers without offering the same? Do you troll for guest posts or comments without doing the same in return? Well, stop it. This is another breach of Internet etiquette, and it will earn you a host of online enemies.


You can't obnoxiously beg for likes, followers, fans, and general attention without making it worth someone else's while, especially if you use tired, offensive ploys, such as posting pictures of tragic events or sharing those insufferable good luck stories.

The Lore of the Drama Llama

Constantly starting drama is just a deplorable habit. Fighting with other people on social media, instigating trouble, and gossiping are all sure ways to wreck your reputation. If you're now saying that you never start anything, you just kind of take part in it when it comes to you, that's just as bad. Stop it. No one likes the drama llama.

Whether you start it or egg it on, it makes you look immature and untrustworthy. People will rightly start avoiding your social media pages at all costs, and you'll become known as the soap opera diva of the Internet. That's not a good look for anyone.


Even if you're guilty of these habits, you can get help with improving your reputation â but never forget that the brunt of the work is up to you. Have you ever committed any social media sins?











It comes as no surprise that the things you do and say on the Internet can seriously affect your real lifeâthe personal side and the professional side. Hiring managers, HR workers, recruiters, and even college admissions officers turn to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to learn more about potential employees and students.

Although you might think that risqué picture or that dirty RT from your favorite comedian are funny items to share, they might ultimately ruin your reputation on social media â and in life.

The Tragic Tale of TMI

TMI is no one's friend. No one wants to read about it, and no one should want to share it. People assume that they have a protective layer of anonymity on the Internet that makes it okay to share scintillating tidbits about their sex lives or frankly gross anecdotes about their latest check-up.

However, whether you're a private user or a brand using social media for professional motives, you're not entirely anonymous. People will remember the information you share, especially when it's way too much.

The Case of the Creeper

6 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Social Media Reputation - Image 1

Image via Flickr by daniellehelm

Creeping on other people is a horrible habit, and you need to avoid it at all costs. Stop doing it -- not just because it's weird and, of course, creepy, but because you'll end up outing yourself. Whether you're creeping on the competition, your ex business partner, or your ex boyfriend, you'll unintentionally or accidentally reveal yourself at some point.

While finding out what people are up to is an understandable urge, so is dropping dime by revealing knowledge of something you shouldn't know about in a tweet or status update. If you have to creep, keep your trap shut.

Forgetting about Internet Etiquette

Do you know the rules of Internet etiquette? Polite and politic behavior, keeping inflammatory opinions to yourself, never bullying or putting down other bloggers, and never stealing content are just some of the rules of good etiquette online. When you disobey these rules, you become known as the bully, the copycat, the instigator.

If you're guilty of these cyber sins, it's hard to get past the label and improve your reputation. A quality reputation management company like Reputation.com, for example, can help you whitewash your reputation, but it's up to you to keep up your new reputation and follow this delicate etiquette in the future.

A Lack of Originality

When you're trying to blog professionally, either for yourself or for a company, a lack of originality is one of the worst habits you can have. Sharing funny updates, pictures, or articles from other people is fine â on occasion. The thing is, if you never share an original thought, you quickly become one note. People will forget about you or, worse, they'll assume you're a boring copycat who's never had an original thought.

You also never let your true self shine through your social media sites. People don't know who you are, what you stand for, or what you want. When you're trying to manage social media for a brand, you'll fail from the start. You have to stand out from all the other bloggers and social media mavens online, which means being yourself with a sure edge that will keep people reading.

Becoming a Like-Moocher

6 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Social Media Reputation - Image 2

Image via Flickr by Ksayer1

Do you constantly ask for likes and beg for followers without offering the same? Do you troll for guest posts or comments without doing the same in return? Well, stop it. This is another breach of Internet etiquette, and it will earn you a host of online enemies.

You can't obnoxiously beg for likes, followers, fans, and general attention without making it worth someone else's while, especially if you use tired, offensive ploys, such as posting pictures of tragic events or sharing those insufferable good luck stories.

The Lore of the Drama Llama

Constantly starting drama is just a deplorable habit. Fighting with other people on social media, instigating trouble, and gossiping are all sure ways to wreck your reputation. If you're now saying that you never start anything, you just kind of take part in it when it comes to you, that's just as bad. Stop it. No one likes the drama llama.

Whether you start it or egg it on, it makes you look immature and untrustworthy. People will rightly start avoiding your social media pages at all costs, and you'll become known as the soap opera diva of the Internet. That's not a good look for anyone.

Even if you're guilty of these habits, you can get help with improving your reputation â but never forget that the brunt of the work is up to you. Have you ever committed any social media sins?

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