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How Too Many Facebook Likes Hurts Your Online Reputation
Facebook is popular. No, I mean really popular.
The social media network is a place to socialize, read articles, and view photos and videos. Users show their preference for content they enjoy by pressing the Like button. If you press the button too many times, however, your online reputation could suffer.
Many of the platform's users identify a Like easily. The picture of a thumbs-up image in blue represents a Like and indicates thoughts such as, "Hey, I like this quote" and "I want to show other people that I enjoy it."
Your Online Reputation
You may have heard the phrase, "too much of a good thing." Does this apply to the Facebook Like? What happens if you press that magical thumb every time you read an article on the network?
What happens if you gave a Like to every photo that each of your friends post on their profiles?
First, that would be a lot electronic thumbs streaming through the social media world. Another results is your online reputation suffers, based on the following logic.
In response to pressing the Like button, your own profile on the network fills with lines about how you like salt, the photo of your friend's cat, and an article about dirt too. All within five minutes. Either you have many interests or you are simply pressing the Like button for the sake of taking part in activities of your friends.
Think about how people connected to you on the social network view your profile there. By pressing Like to so many items rather than being fussy about what you choose, you are doing yourself a disservice. Your friends will soon lose interest in your activities. "Oh that's just another Like from Christy", they may say to themselves or to each other.
When there is an abundance of one thing, it no longer seems so special. You become overlooked and ordinary. Your typed comments attached to the thumb may head down that same path. Your online reputation suffers and so do you, as your content is no longer read or shared as often.
Learn More about Building Your Online Reputation
Your online reputation IS important. It can make or break that next job prospect. Find out tips for building and maintaining a strong reputation in "Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation" by Andy Beal.
Be Picky: Value Your Reputation
Do not worry, you are still able to Like content that interests you and maintain a positive online presence. The key is to be selective about the content, as you value your reputation.
Being selective generates the interest of people with whom you are connected. Your connections will learn about you based on what you truly Like. They will also feel more special when you decide to click the magical thumb for some of the content they have posted as you do so sparingly.
Your reputation will no longer be as the one who hits the electronic thumb for everything in sight. Instead, other users see you as knowledgeable and as having specific interests. Well, I suppose that depends on what you truly enjoy... but that is a topic for a separate article!
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