While participating in Dean Shareski and Alec Couros’ ETMOOC sessions last week, the topic of over-sharing came up a couple times. From what I gather there are two camps on this topic.
- I Share, You Filter (ISYF)
- Too Much Information (TMI)
I love the line, “why is everyone such an exhibitionist all of a sudden?” At some point, whether intentional or not, people who share “too much” aren’t trying to create memories or share valuable information, they’re just trying to be seen. Their posts are a validation of their existence. “I post, therefore I am”.
Yes, having to constantly filter through a persons mundane updates, pictures, and tweets can be annoying, but in the grand scheme, not a big deal. My main issue is that over-sharing subtracts from the good things that person has to say. I’ve unfollowed people (GASP!) from various social media because of over-posting the trivial. I’m a “quality over quantity” kind of person and while Mr.Over-poster might have some great photos, comments, or media to share, it’s few and far between. When a person expresses a good idea, shares a valuable resource (funny, inspiring, thought-provoking, etc), or has an interesting conversation online, they are contributing. When a person is giving you a play-by-play of their life, it dilutes the good things share. Others get desensitized to the over-sharing and will eventually ignore the good content of the Over-poster.
So for the sake of your message and reputation, think before you post.