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Are you sharing too much on social sites?

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POSTED: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 6:04pm

Faster than you can say Facebook, chances are you'll find a friend's post that you think falls into the "TMI" category.

A survey on digital sharing by Intel found 9-out-of-10 Americans believe people are sharing too much about themselves online.

"The overshare is definitely coming true. Eighty-eight percent of people wish that others thought more about how people perceive them when they were sharing information online," says Anna Post.

Post is the great-great granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post, and has compiled a list of do's and don'ts about social media sharing.

"The way I like to think about online sharing is that if you wouldn't get together all of your contacts, say, on Facebook for example, bring them together in an auditorium and feel comfortable saying this to any one of them, it's probably not the right thing to be sharing online," she explains.

People are especially bothered, she says, by the sharing of inappropriate or explicit photos, rigid political views, or sharing of other people's personal information.

"Definitely don't share personal information about somebody else. That's their choice and their choice alone," she warns.

Her advice is the digital equivalent of counting to ten.

"Waiting before you post something is the smart way to go. Time to give yourself a little bit of a pause when you've got that mobile device and you snap that photo at a party, maybe wait an hour before you post to give yourself that chance to think twice about it," she says.

Think twice because the survey shows a fourth of us are sharing info online at least once a day.

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