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The 10 biggest social media no-gos

Look through the pictures of Tom's party on Facebook, proudly show the new watch on Instagram and make a date with Hannah via WhatsApp: Social media and messengers are part of our everyday life. This is no coincidence: they often make our lives easier - but at least more entertaining.

But before the well-trained thumb brings the next posting online in record time, it is worth thinking again. Because if you post from the hip, you may regret it afterwards. Here are our top 10 biggest blunders, stumbling blocks, taboos and no-gos for social networks and the WWW.

1. Me, me, me: Selfies, splurge, pose.

Let's be honest: It's great when you find yourself and your life great. But not every minute of your day needs to be documented - and you don't need to display everything you own.

Anyone who has already uploaded two food photos and three selfies with branded clothes and duckface before going to school as well as splitting properly with the expensive smartphone can quickly get on their friends' nerves. You shouldn't post too often - and don't celebrate yourself too much either. Less is usually more. This also applies to the internet!

2. Open, honest, informal - always and everywhere.

Actually totally homely, here on the Internet. We quickly forget that it's never entirely private. Just as we tend to forget on the couch with friends that we always wanted to pull in our stomach in tight pants.

From bikini photos to sexting and from blatant sayings to political opinion: Even if you feel pretty safe, you shouldn't reveal too much about yourself. Permissive pictures do not belong in social media or in messengers like WhatsApp. It's better to keep crude statements and provocative opinions to yourself. And you also prefer not to chat about everyday family life or vacation plans online - otherwise not only potential intruders will be happy. A good rule of thumb: Everything is allowed on the Internet that you wouldn't be embarrassed in front of your teachers or parents. Everything else then only belongs in "real life". If any.

3. (Un) healthy trust: everything will go well.

You shouldn't simply switch off common sense on the Internet either. In real life you don't blindly and naively trust everything and everyone - and of course you shouldn't do that on the web either. Just because someone claims they'll delete a funny or revealing photo right away doesn't mean it is true. And just because an app advertises that the photos delete themselves after X seconds, they are by no means gone forever.

The internet is like a bad-tempered elephant: it forgets nothing and nothing can be ordered. Photos and postings often develop a life of their own - and spread very quickly. So if you don't want to be immortalized forever in a terrible photo or with a careless, stupid saying on the Internet, you better not post or send it at all.

4. The others have to go through: It has to be a bit of fun.

When Luca's pants burst while exercising, that's embarrassing enough. If someone records this with their smartphone, it quickly becomes even uglier. Because on the Internet, the audience is significantly larger - and the inhibitions for some are significantly lower. No matter how funny Lucas looked: The golden rule also applies on the Internet: "What you don't want someone to do to you, don't do it to anyone else!" And nobody wants to become a mockery of the internet with burst pants.

The same applies, by the way, to photos in which you look absolutely irresistible, but not the other person (s) shown. Even if you may be indecent yourself: Let the others decide for themselves which pictures they want to put on the Internet. That also brings us to no-go number 5.

5. Decorate with strange pictures - or decorate pictures with strangers.

It's actually very simple: you shouldn't post, share or otherwise distribute pictures that you haven't taken yourself. But even with the photos that you take yourself, you can't just stick to everything that catches your eye in Wild West fashion.

If someone fell asleep on the bus with an unfortunate trace of saliva on their cheek and chin, it is not only morally bad to take a photo and post it online - it is also not legally acceptable. So before you just photograph others, think about the right to your own picture (((http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recht_am_eigen_Bild))). And if you are unsure, it is better to leave the snap.

6. It's funny. Or?

Wild discussions often break out, especially with somewhat coarse jokes. Can you do that? Is that still funny or just tasteless?

Humor is individually different - and you should never forget that. What may have been the laugh of the day or week for you can really hurt others. So before you reflexively share every thigh knock, think again.

7. Write how the beak (or the tip finger) has grown.

LOL, FTW, TGIF: The internet knows a lot of abbreviations. Some seem to be less well versed in spelling - and some posts are so creepy that there is grammar tutoring in the comments. Even if you are famous in your circle of friends for your typing speed: Read about it again very quickly.

Auto-correction sometimes makes embarrassing mistakes - and sometimes it makes sentences so worse that everything either makes no sense or makes a completely different sense. So three extra seconds and two critical eyes pay off. There has to be so much time - just like for the infamous netiquette. Speaking of etiquette:

8. Virtual fight: I become an animal!

If we don't always get along and love each other "in real life", conflicts in the Internet are inevitable. Trolling, rushing and bullying are of course completely wrong and have no place on Facebook & Co. What you would not say in the face of the person concerned, you should not spread it on the Internet. Not even if you can supposedly do it anonymously.

But even if someone trolls, provokes or attacks you, you shouldn't bully you right away. Better to take a deep breath and do something nice in real life first. Then you stay completely relaxed and don't get involved in online hand-to-hand combat.

9. Very (un) sympathetic: the depressed decoy.

Everyone has bad days. And if you are sad or frustrated, feel free to share it with your friends. But think about how public you want to do this - and don't make yourself an internet lemon. Anyone who always only complains, fishes for compliments and pity or posts supposedly cryptic things that are supposed to force others to ask, quickly appears exhausting. Not every mood has to be spread on Facebook - and you should not depend on the confirmation of your Facebook friends.

10. "Follower" comes from "following" ...

Even if your fingers may itch: Don't get too close to other people online, even online. Following every step, always reading everything and "stalking" someone's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles is a bit too much, even on the Internet. No matter how great you think someone is: Follow is okay - but don't follow.