Just how much should we share in our social media accounts?
ABS-CBN actress Bea Alonzo seems to have figured this one out.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at the launch of ASUS Zenfone 4 series last August 19, the 29-year-old Kapamilya actress shared how she conducts herself online.
Bea said, as a public figure, she is fully aware of the impact her posts can have on her followers in social media.
The A Love To Last actress explained, "There's a huge responsibility if you have a lot of followers also, lalo na kapag mga mas bata.
"Because, siyempre, they look up to you and you influence them so you have to be responsible with every little photo that you post."
Bea added, "Kasi siyempre, ayaw mo naman bigyan sila ng maling impluwensiya di ba?"
As the press conference went on, Bea listed down some of her dos and don'ts when interacting in social media
Bea's first and foremost rule on her Instagram is to never post anything negative.
She explained, "Ako kasi, para sa akin, kung ano yung shini-share mo sa buong mundo, yun lang din yung babalik sa 'yo, e.
"So if you share love and happiness, yun din yung babalik. You reap what you sow."
She said this is the reason she has refrained from posting anything fueled by anger.
"If hindi ako sigurado sa ipo-post ko or kung gusto ko lang mag-post just because galit ako or merong sudden urge to post something because of anger, because of annoyance, hindi ko na lang gagawin."
SPEND PRECIOUS TIME WITH SPECIAL PEOPLE INSTEAD OF MEETING THEM ONLINE.
Social media is supposed to bring people together but for Bea, spending time with your closes friends and family physically is a lot more precious than "meeting them online."
She explained, "Hindi ako gumawa ng Facebook account kasi gusto ko pa rin for my friends to see me personally instead of just saying 'hi' online."
Bea said she only manages one social media account, Instagram.
The actress elaborated she didn't "find the need" to make a Snapchat account as her love for photos was the main reason for her Instagram account.
POST FLATTERING SELFIES.
Bea has a number of tips on how to get your best selfie.
She enumerated, "Gusto natin yung mataas yung angle, para maganda-ganda naman yung jaw line natin.
"Find a place that has good lighting.
"Number three, when in doubt suck your cheeks.
"Number four, always feel good and always feel beautiful."
Her favorite selfie spot, "Gusto ko kapag-exterior kasi maganda yung natural lighting."
MORE CANDID, MORE FUN.
Bea prefers her Instagram posts to be as candid as it gets. A well-curated Instagram wall is not her cup of tea.
She narrated, "Ako, hindi ganun ka-OC when it comes to that. I guess kung ano yung nakikita mo sa social media ko, that's what really is happening in real life.
"Kung halimbawa nagte-taping ako, and magpo-post ako ng photo of me taping, hindi ko kailangan i-curate.
"I guess hindi ko gusto... I'm speaking for myself. As much as naa-appreciate ko yung well-curated wall, I want people to see me as candid as they want me to see."
BE A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN.
Post whatever you want because "it's your prerogative, it's your wall anyway," but do remember that once it's there, it's for public consumption.
It may seem harmless today, but who knows it can cause you any trouble in the future.
For Bea's part, "I think about what I post before I post it."
BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHAT YOU POST.
Bea clarified, "Yung mga tao, kung hanggang saan sila nangingialam, nagdedepende rin sa kung hanggang saan mo sila pinapapasok.
"So if you post a picture na medyo controversial, you don't expect other people like to... meddle.
"Of course, you should expect for them to ask questions. But kung halimbawa, through your actions, you tell them somehow na, 'Ops, akin na 'to ah, dito muna kayo ah.' I'm sure everybody will respect that."