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I am a social media fanatic and probably live my life on the internet. A visit to my facebook or twitter timeline will give you a bird’s eye view to what is happening in my life at a given moment. It hasn’t entirely been a bed of roses though. Some of my relationships with friends and family have been compromised by certain updates or even the lack of updates.

However, social media is not all bad. In fact, it can be an absolute charm if used correctly. But how does one go about it? When and how should one use it and when should one not?

One of my favourite features of Facebook, is the birthday reminders. This feature ensures that I never miss a birthday. And when it is my birthday and I feel like hosting a party, I can save a lot of cash by creating the event and inviting my friends instead of sending out written invitations. Its totally important to remember to call your loved ones on their birthdays though. A wall post does not have quite the effect that a phone call does.

I also love the fact that social media allows us to post pictures, despite the fact that I don’t do this often. It is important to make sure that the pictures are not incriminating or blatantly inappropriate though. You never know who may be going through your profile. Posting updates that are way too personal goes hand in hand with this. Some things are best kept private.

Meeting new people is also one of my favourite perks of online social media. I’ve met some really great people online who are now good, and hopefully, lifelong friends. It is important to be cautious about who you choose to meet with as certain people may not be who they claim to be.

Living online can be a charm, but it is essential to maintain a balance between being online and having actual face-to-face conversations with people.

My go-to rule, have clean fun on the net but always stay safe!

I am @richmondsajini on twitter!

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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