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Social media must not's

12 June 2015, 14:36 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - I can count in my hands how many platforms I am on not because they are not that many but just because I am an analogue type of person. There is just something popping up every other day. There’s Instagram, then there’s a prototype of Instagram, then there’s that one that is the competitor and you find one person on all of them and you wonder where they get the time.

I am woman enough to admit that they really are good for business, what the sales’ personnel could lie or represent about your product without your knowledge before is instantly curable as long as you have social media. They just make everything so much easier and manageable.


Some people on the other hand are still teenagers when it comes to social media and their lives. Social media practically runs their lives. They are on Tinder, to manage dating. Then they are on Facebook to still manage dating and post every other personal thing about themselves, their dog, the neighbor’s dog, what their mom did or said last night, the niece who we spotted on the family tree, the cousin who just flew in from the diaspora; you name it and they will find a place for it on the internet.


You all have never heard this rule? Keep your income, sex life, your business, your family and your next move private. Your business is your business. Learn the art of surprising people once in a while.


You got a job interview tomorrow, Facebook does not need to know about it, nor do your Instagram followers need to see what you are going to wear to that interview. It is better to just surprise them when you already have the job. You have no idea what the power of spite or bad mouthing can have against you not getting that job.

If you are meeting that new person who wants to be your beau, we do not need to know about it. It is good to have a baby or even eat that good meal once in a while but some of you really do know how to overdo it. Even when the child spits we have to know about it. The child will feel better if they grow up and they do not have to encounter every one of their pictures on the internet. Save them some of that grace!

What about advertising your arguments or squabbles.

It is good when you find out that man you are in a relationship with is already someone’s husband, but you will not find me putting up my relationship status on Facebook, there are just easier ways of finding out if someone is a creep. I do not need to gush over the bread he bought or the candle he was able to light without burning the curtains in the name of romance because that is just my business. There are people doing bigger and better yours is just a small speck yet you feel everyone would feel envy. They are not!


Do not go and blast someone on the internet because you also look like an idiot for being with them. You are calling into question your own better judgment! Think about that when you want to press that post button. Are they a clown or are they something good. If they are a clown, you are also a clown!


Do not air your arguments or disagreement with your spouse or friend, or the frienemies. Whichever it is. You also look like a fool.

Social media is good but for keeping in touch and making money. In my opinion! You can always do what you want because we lack good comedy in Kenya and we need people like you to make it interesting for the rest of us.

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