Story by Emily VanSchmus
To date, there are over one billion active profiles on Facebook and over two hundred million Twitter accounts.
Some of those profiles sit unused, with only a few friends or followers and minimal status updates.
Then there are the people who post multiple times a day, or even several times within an hour, constantly giving somewhat pointless updates on their lives.
In this day and age, where one can gain access to almost anyone’s social media profiles, the question has become, “How much is too much?”
First-year Jocelyn Hommes writes a blog about things she finds interesting, such as books, music and movies that she likes.
“I post a few personal things, but only if it’s a general, big thing like going to college. People tend to get really personal on social media, and I’m just not interested in doing that,” Hommes said.
The blog she writes is public, and the majority of people who follow her blog are people she does not know.
Information can be shared on social media in more ways than text.
Vines, Instagram photos and videos and video blogs are beginning to dominate the realm of social media.
Journalism professor Chris Snider is known around the J-School for his Instagram account.
He posts photos of his son and newborn daughter with the hashtags #instahenry and #maddiegram. He shares snapshots and videos of his son’s life to document the precious moments of childhood.
“I almost view it as an electronic baby book for him, keeping track of important moments in his life and just showing what he’s up to. I see it as something that will be a fun trip down memory lane years from now,” Snider said.
While he enjoys documenting and sharing his son’s life, he tries not to share too much. “I keep it rather surface-level. I generally don’t share anything that feels too ‘insider’ for people,” Snider said.
Snider encourages students to take this approach as well when they post on social media.
“I see things from time to time that may seem funny in the moment, but you just need to remember that social media is forever. We’re all trying so hard to be funny on social media that we don’t realize we may actually be stupid, or we may hurt someone with what we post.”
Posts on social media can be hurtful, whether they are about a specific individual or a larger group or organization. Posts about religion, politics or controversial social issues generally do not go over well and tend to cause arguments in the comments section.
Some social media users, rather than post about these larger topics, choose to post smaller details about their lives instead.
Chris Baker, the former creative director of BuzzFeed, created a new program called “Rather” that allows you to block posts about specific subjects.
This program, released Nov. 4, allows users to block posts about specific topics.
You give the program keywords about subjects you aren’t interested in seeing, and it will delete the posts from your timeline or newsfeed.