So you’re using the Internet for just about everything like many people are doing these days. From working to entertainment to even taking an online course, your online life is taking much of your time. This is a good thing. Just do remember to keep it real online. Be yourself, be you, be real.
What does it mean to be real when using the Internet? Well, because you can be just about anything and anyone you want to be online, it’s important that you remain true to who you are. Keep our online profile and presence as real as the real you.
As your first impression and what you show the world is very important for them to build their opinion of you and you want others to see our best side, right? So why would it be wrong to twist the truth just a bit, post a younger profile picture, jazz up your profile content and elaborate a little (or maybe a lot)?
To answer these questions, there isn’t anything wrong in trying to deliver a good first impression and making sure that your profile is complete and has information that will build up your credibility. Making sure you have the right content that will help you gain respect and appreciation for who you are and to tell your target audience what we have done so far is crucial. Plus it’s important to tell them what you are doing now and what you’ll be doing in the future.
All those mentioned are important reasons to make sure that your information is complete and most of all… true and real. It’s important that you keep it real online for many reasons and one of them is because it’s always better to be who you really are. Yet informing online users of all things things about you does not mean portraying someone who isn’t you and straying away from the real you.
Why pretend to be someone you’re not? It’s very hard to keep up a facade plus you wouldn’t want people lying to you or stretching the truth. And sooner or later, you may meet these people in real life and if not, have conversations over phone and chat. Being true to you also allows you to connect with like-minded people.
Whether networking for business or doing some online dating, you’ll want to connect with people who are like you and have the same goals and interests. This really can be messed up if you’re not fully telling the truth. Just as you want to verify that whoever you’re connecting with does indeed have a well established business like they say they do or that the potential date you’re communicating with is indeed single, they also want to know that you are who you say you are.
A word of caution. Being real doesn’t mean being stupid. Don’t give out your personal information such as complete home address, credit card information, banking information, etc. Being real doesn’t mean you have to tell all or where your heart on your sleeve. You don’t have to post updates about every little thing you’re doing every minute.
Just be you. Make sure what you do post online is consistent to the professional-personable you. For example, if you’re online for business, show a professional side with touches of personality so that people can see you have a human side. People still connect and build these relationships to becoming mutual relationships.
Be sure to keep it real online as this is what you would expect from others.