What Would Your Mother Say if She Read THIS

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Embarrassing Facebook Posts
Every once in a while I read a Facebook post that makes me cringe.  You know the type of post I’m referring to.  It’s typically a crude statement followed by a visual description of what they are doing, why they are doing it or even why that particular part of their life is so unbearable.

   Shocking Facebook Posts
Facebook posts like the one above make you want to blast the offender with things like – “what in the world were you thinking when you posted that??” or “what would your mother say if she read this?!”  Would she be horrified, mortified or stupefied?
Try as I might to shrug off those particular posts, I just can’t imagine what would possess someone to not only think such a thing but verbalize it for all to see. When I stumble upon this type of poor social behavior, I want to give the poster the benefit of the doubt.  I want to believe that it was a momentary lapse in judgment.  Maybe it was simply a moment in time where emotion reigned supreme and the ability to “just say no” had fled their body.

The sad fact is that the above probably isn’t true.  Many people just don’t seem to possess an internal monitoring system.  That “IMS” or social filter is the alert system that lives in most of us.  It gives us the heads up that the thought rolling through our head should remain there and not find its way into cyberspace. 

The problem with allowing those thoughts to tumble out is that it’s not just our friends and family reading them.  Far too often it’s potential clients that are monitoring our social happenings trying to gather a glimpse into what we’re made of.

When you look across your social networks, how do you portray yourself?  Are you transparent, open, welcoming, genuine, compassionate, understanding, kind, thoughtful and empathetic or are you illusive, short tempered, bitter, angry, frustrated, negative and an overall gloomy person?

Think before you post.  Don’t let one moment in time cloud your judgment and ruin your online reputation.  And for goodness sakes, don’t be a Gloomy Gus.  No one wants to work with someone who can’t get past their own discouraged and defeated attitude.

Clients are paying attention to everything we do.
  Your next post could make the difference between a new referral or a month without closings.





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Susan Harding, HomeStar Video Tours
Showcasing You and Your Listings, 855-579-6284

Right on target Rebekah!  Just the other day someone posted about how much they hate children and can't stand to hear them laughing and playing outside.  I immediately unfollowed them on twitter. 

Great post!  I really don't get why people post some of the things they do, especially the incredibly negative ones.

October 02, 2011 12:02 PM
Dawn A Fabiszak
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Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado

Rebekah ~ I have seen those statuses on FB.  It really does make me wonder about the type of person that they really are.  Internal editing or social editing is an important skill to possess.

October 02, 2011 06:37 PM
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Rebekah - It's so important to remember that many people may read what we post online, and that we need to keep our mental goalie in place.

October 03, 2011 12:24 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

I think people are looking for some transperancy and authenticity, but some of this is pure shock value and just crass.  I have had talks with my kids about this.

October 03, 2011 01:12 PM
Kasey & John Boles - Jon Gosche Real Estate
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
Jon Gosche Real Estate, Boise ID

I love all of your social media blogs and advice Rebekah -Kasey

October 04, 2011 02:34 AM

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