No one likes a faker. And everyone hates a social media faker.
It’s easy to be one in the internet, especially since we’re all “content curators” now. “The question we have to ask ourselves is: Are we really presenting who we are or are we presenting a hyper-idealistic version of ourselves?” argues R. Kay Green in the Huffington Post. It’s not enough to post random photos: they have to be carefully selected, edited, and captioned for maximum effect. You can’t be faulted if you start thinking people in your friends list are a bunch of influencers endorsing products that show us an ideal image of their lives.
Green further comments that over at social media, your ideal and real selves will inevitably clash, but authenticity should remain. “Everything about your online persona should be reflective of your offline persona,” she says.
For your social media accounts to stay authentic, follow these five rules.
Rule Number 1: Never Over Filter Your Photos
Some filters make you look like you have flawless skin. People who know you would know the difference and it simply shows you’re not comfortable with your flaws. Use photo filters that keep you looking as close to the real you.
Rule Number 2: Post Some Raw Videos
Snapchat is viewed to be more authentic since photos and videos can’t be over-edited. You can do the same for your other social media apps by posting little snippets of video as things are happening. Just make sure it’s nothing indecent—no one wants to see that!
Rule Number 3: Pose Naturally in Photos
Unless you’re earning a paycheck as a commercial model, leave model-like poses to the pros. Keep poses light, wacky, and real. It shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously and that you’re just being you.
Rule Number 4: Refrain From Using Quotes as Captions
Posting quotes from our favorite authors or heroes is one thing. Using them as captions to a photo of yourself, it can send the wrong connotations. That last thing you want is people thinking you’re trying to impress them with quotes anyone can easily Google.
Rule Number 5: Don’t Flood Other People’s Feeds
The beauty of social media is that it allows everyone to express their opinions on different issues. Posting about opinion or views you’re passionate about is good. But if you start posting every fifteen minutes about these things, you start to seem like a brand pushing its content or promos. That’s the fastest way to being ignored by people who follow you.
How do you keep your personal social media pages authentic? Share with us by posting a comment!