This week, the Telegraph turned for expert advice to Ignite to answer the question; would you sign a social media prenup?
What is a Social Media Prenup?
The social media prenup is an increasingly popular trend in the modern world. Essentially, it allows two partners to draw up a contract outlining what’s acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to your partner and social media use, before you enter marriage.
So say for example, your partner had posted a nude photo of you on Facebook and you had both signed a social media prenup. Because they signed the prenup, your partner would have a penalty imposed upon them for breaking that contract.
Why is a Social media Prenup the New Reputation Essential?
As far as online reputation management – and a happy marriage – is concerned, social media prenups are fast becoming valuable preventative measures.
In a previous article, Social media prenups – the new reputation essential, we outlined why this is. They encourage your partner, the person who has access to more intimate information about you than anyone else in the world – to think before they post. This ensures that they are less likely to accidentally post sensitive information aobut you, due to fear of penalties, and damage your online reputation.
The Telegraph recently featured an article on why we need social media prenups in the modern age. They turned to Simon Wadsworth, Igniyte director, and author of the free eBook A Guide to Managing Your Personal Reputation Online to explain why these contracts are so valuable in online reputation management.
Igniyte Comments on the Value of the Social Media Prenup
Simon went on to further highlight their value as a preventative measure. Simon started by explaining that “we live in a world where information can be shared more easily and more quickly than ever before.” He elaborated by saying, “that can be very liberating but it also something we need to think carefully about and try and control.”
The Igniyte director further said that “protecting your personal information and reputation is just as important online as it is in real life so we’d advise couples to take a pro-active approach to staying safe – and happy.” He went on to conclude that “after all, it’s much easier to talk about what kind of content you are comfortable sharing when you’re at the start of a relationship, than when things have gone wrong.”
Should Things Go Wrong, You Can Protect Your Online Reputation
Simon put it rather eloquently. By talking about what content you are comfortable with your partner posting about you online at the start of a relationship, you do it at a time when you are more comfortable sharing. This allows you both to set down ground rules, enshrined within a legal document, which allows you to protect yourself against the damage a partner can wreak on your online reputation, should things go wrong.