10 Things You Should Never Share On Social Media

10 Things You Should Never Share On Social Media image picard facepalm 300x197Social media is all about transparency, sharing and being your organic authentic self.

Uh-huh.

Well there are some things you should probably just keep to yourself.

Here’s 10 of them:

#1 Your phone number

There are creepy, disturbed people out there on the Internet with ill intentions and bad manners. They are called telemarketers. Don’t feed the telemarketers. Especially after midnight. Sort of like Gremlins.

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#2 Pictures of your credit card

Yep. People actually do this. I know you’re proud of your new Toronto Maple Leaf’s branded VISA card, but showing it off on Instagram is like posting Identity theft porn.

#3 Pictures of any bodily function

I know where you think I’m going with this one, but I’m not. I’m talking about potty training. This is one instance where “pics or it didn’t happen” needs to not apply.

#4 This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

#5 An invitation to “please rob me”

Letting the 1/6 of the human population of this planet that is on Facebook know that you’re in Mexico this week while that brand new 60” TV that you posted about last week is home all alone is an invitation to “please rob me”.

#6 Vaguebooking

“Wondering why…” Me too. Un-follow.

#7 Your password

This one should be at the top of the no-brainer pile. If your password is the name of your cat who has his own Facebook account with 1,632 friends, then you either need to change your password or your cat.

#8 Anything that happened in Vegas

This is a rule for a reason.

#9 Your Klout score or any other social media stat

You’re clearly over compensating for something, which leads to the final thing you should never share on social media…

#10 A naked selfie

If you’re a A list celebrity taking nude pictures of your self in the bathroom with your iPhone for your PR firm to leak to the media that’s fine. Otherwise, not cool.

Got any more suggestions? Share them in the comments below!

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Comments: 69

  • Avi Kaye says:

    There’s actually a site (or used to be) that took information from Twitter, FourSquare, etc., that showed you weren’t in your house, and made it easy to see where you should burgle next. Who says social media doesn’t have ROI? :)

  • Dang, I got rick roll’ed. I let it play through just for kicks.

  • You’re the funniest. I really enjoyed this.

  • Remi A. says:

    I can’t believe I got rick rolled… interresting article though.

  • Mahendra says:

    Kevin your absolutely right, we must not share these 10 things in social media, nice post thank you for sharing.

  • Rahul says:

    Oh, come on ! That song is soo cool to be shared on social media. I guess you forgot to mention religious and political views. Posts depicting smoking, drinking and snorting are also a strict NO. Also workplace prank photos that can make your boss angry or your future employer to reject your CV. And also those “For each LIKE, Google will donate $1 to blah, blah, blab …”

  • Katrina says:

    I have always been surprise when people post stuff like that above and then wonder why? And I love the video! LOL!
    Thank you for keeping it light and fun!

  • Ann Druce says:

    Yes, this stuff should be a no-brainer, but sadly, it needs to be repeated. And often! We’ve all seen most of these examples (though the credit card was new to me.)

    In short, if you are not willing to post the information on a huge banner and display it on the side of highway where you live or work, don’t share it on social media.

  • What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Love it.

  • On the personal side, definitely avoid drunken pictures! However, in the name of our [insert preferred religious figure] and our benevolent government overlords, well-written religious and political statements seem alright with me.

  • Scott says:

    Couldn’t agree more with your blog. People are sharing too much in social media.

  • Hilarious! Love your writing style. But please stop frightening my cat.

  • Ibukun says:

    This is hilarious, I couldn’t agree with you more..

  • I have to say “religion and politics” while dicey topics, will increase social media engagement, especially on Facebook. They will also increasing un-friending, however.

    Post with discretion…

  • Ferb says:

    Hi Kevin, Love to know more about what not to share on Social Media. Love this!

    Thank you – Ferb

  • Alex Wills says:

    “If you’re a A list celebrity taking nude pictures of your self in the bathroom with your iPhone for your PR firm to leak to the media that’s fine. Otherwise, not cool.”

    Hilarious but sadly true.

  • Joe Collins says:

    Great post- short, but completely correct. Also, that song is my *jam*!

  • michelle says:

    Pictures of you and your mistress while you are married to the mother of your four children…and videos of your girlfriend dancing drunk when you are trying too convince the courts you and your df do NOT have a drinking problem :) gotta love social media and stupid people

  • Raul says:

    Kevin, great content ! Love to know more about what not to share on Social Media

  • Well that was well-worth the read. Made me laugh. This post should be part of some social media guide book as both helpful advice and humor.

  • Getting Rick Rolld mid post was a nice touch! Haha great stuff

  • TsvetomirTodorov says:

    Entertaining AND useful! For example number 5 – I haven’t even thought of that! Still, many of the things can be avoided by just fiddling a little with your account settings and sharing. This can save a lot, and I recommend an article about it!

    Tsvetomir

    social-media-training-courses.co.uk

  • These warnings were good enough for an Individual FB Profile, What about Corporate pages on facebook. You have some warnings for them too ??

  • Warren says:

    Pictures of you holding stacks of cash should also be included in this list! :)

    • V says:

      Gotta love when ppl have pictures with stacks on cash and ones…. Real classy… I myself have always been baffled by this:):) lol sad it did not make the list!

  • Great advice, Kevin! I’m sharing it on FB.

  • Tord says:

    Great advices Kevin, and important not to be addicted in any reason because life is so much more then hang in social media to much! c”,)

  • Marilyn says:

    Hi
    I’m new in this group. But I have a fun example. I was recruiting a 2nd line support and met a “boy” (22yrs) and asked him why he was forced to quit his job at a school.
    He answer me that he had no clue at all, the manager has told him that he was not allowed to have facebook pics opened for everyone, but he didn’t care and thought it was a ridicules rule.
    I asked him what pics he had, and he show me…
    It was party pictures- he said….But I saw pictures of him so drunk that he fall asleep on the floor, pictures of him i underwear, dancing pics.. And a lot more…

    Most young people don’t know that a manager doesn’t wan’t to see that kind of picture.

  • If Rick Astley started his own site for the video, the backlinks alone would probably enable him to bring in more ad revenue than Google does.

    Yeah, you got me. Great post!

  • Evan says:

    Made me truly smile)) Anything that happened in Vegas is tabu for sure, even worse than publish your password)

  • Helpful post here. It can built everybody’s social media account safer for the password, it should be change in a frequent manner or change every three months for a protection from hacking because it will be your loss of reputation when they get your password through aggravation.

  • Nick Lewis says:

    A very funny yet pertinent article.

    I would add a #11 too; your age and your birthday. I know that sounds a little paranoid, but that information is a vital part of our various account security checks over here in the UK.

  • I often post when I travel — but I don’t worry about being robbed. Why? (1) I live near a former POTUS. Lots of police and secret service in my neighborhood.(2) I don’t leave my house unprotected. Four dogs, a house-sitter who can out-shine a Bruce Willis film if need be (my adult son), an alarm system, armed security patrols in the neighborhood, nosey neighbors.

    So I think that the phrase “common sense” applies here. I love to travel, and I love to share my travel photo and plans with my Facebook friends. But I’m not asking to be robbed, and I don’t post most of the information in this list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Duncan says:

    How about saying your anti animal fur and then in the next post – post of pic of you and a load of fashionable handbags!!! A certain celeb….. hehe

  • Shon says:

    Someone please explain why #4 is in the list of do not share. I was expecting some crummy video like out -takes on American Idol. I thought the video was good. What am I missing?

  • Brent says:

    Wow, this was a pretty good Rickroll. Well done.

  • antoinette says:

    Number 4 is a definite no no….I wonder what he tells his grandchildren….too funny….you made my day…

  • Ahh, review #4 pls. Rick Astley rocks lol.

  • Dammit! Only the 2nd time I’ve ever been Rick-rolled. First time was even better, though. I need to look up that vid some time. :D

  • In my view personal photos should not be posted as you never know where will the pic being used so please keep in mind the points mentioned so that you are never cheated.

  • I like this article, your right those stuffs should not be shared on social media. You might forgot the 11th and 12th:

    #11 Your new gadget
    #12 Your meal

    Im laughing while reading your post, especially while watching the #4!

  • May says:

    Completely agree with you.
    These days, peopla share too much on social media.

  • Really good list. I think it should be part of every 5th graders curriculum!

  • Steve says:

    Love your sense of humor and practical facts!

  • TK Stewart says:

    Congratulations, I just got rickrolled for the first time ever in life lol…great article, can’t believe people post credit cards, just utterly stupid.

  • überfahr says:

    ‘Vaguebooking’ — soo true — thank you for the excellent and very funny observations ! The other obvious one — break ups and/or marital/relationship status details — ‘overshare’ for sure —

  • #9 Your Klout score or any other social media stat

    You’re clearly over compensating for something, which leads to the final thing you should never share on social media…

    What wrong with sharing you klout score? Hmmmm…:D

  • Ravi Singh says:

    Kevin your absolutely right, we must not share these 10 things in social media, nice post thank you for sharing,
    Yes, Well that was well-worth the read. Made me laugh. This post should be part of some social media guide book as both helpful advice and humor. Keep sharing.

  • Samile says:

    I closed my Facebook in 2010 because I had 2.356 virtual friends and a dozen in real life. Also, do not be naive to think that your personal information will be not used maliciously. This unnecessary exposure brings more harm than benefits and does not help anyone’s career whatsoever, Linkedin does better in this case. People are very immature and needing constant approval, they all have childhood non solved problems.

  • Arun Singh says:

    LOL – it is so right. The point #6 is so annoying !

  • george says:

    Great post. It’s a sad true that people post whatever they can on social media. Like there is some sort of competition who will do it more.

  • Congratulations, I just got rickrolled for the first time ever in life lol…great article, can’t believe people post credit cards, just utterly stupid.

  • A very funny but point to point article. I would add a #11 too; your age and your birthday. I know that sounds a little paranoid, but that information is a vital part of our various account security checks over here in the US.

  • Bonnie Gibson says:

    How bout recalling every mundane moment of your day, every day. I believe no one clicks “Read More” to a status of someone’s status that was 22 sentences in which 21 of them were 21 too many unless there is something to make fun of you for. Oh and bf/gf drama – another no no.

  • I initially thought this patently obvious across-the-board, except #9 is a good point.

  • Amrita says:

    LOL, this was crazy, and of course very informative! I was about to share my password till I read here I shouldn’t, thanks so much!!!

  • D.S. Meyers says:

    Number 11 on the list: Political and religious slurs. People who use profane labels for other people’s beliefs can become the target of trolling. It can also be a turn-off for your boss, who may be whatever you just called “the other side.”

  • Paul White says:

    Can I suggest pictures of pugs as number 11? That should fall into the “no brainer” category. Or is this just my personal thing?

  • Ana von Rebeur says:

    You shouldn´t post nothing your mom, your children or your boss couldn´t see .

  • Aimee Doyle says:

    I live in Las Vegas-I cant share anything! :(

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