1. Don't drink and tweet.

2. As with so much else in life—Botox, chocolate, reality TV—less is more.

3. If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it online.

4. You'll never convince [insert name of political adversary here] of the righteousness of your opinion with a Facebook rant, so don't even try.

5. The best response to mean people on social media is to (silently!)pity them, then forget them.

6. Remember that most important ideas require more than 140 characters to express, and that life has more nuance than social media can convey.

7. The more perfect a person's life appears online, the more of a hot mess it probably really is.

8. No need to retweet or share every bit of praise someone throws your way. We know you're special!

9. Social media is about engaging in a conversation, not a monologue. Save the proselytizing for your personal blog. Or your bathroom mirror.

10. If navigating Twitter or Facebook ever feels like too much to handle, remember: Your online persona is just one tiny facet of who you are. And it's healthy—recommended, even—to take a break once in a while.


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