Here's how you can be a positive influence instead of a negative one.
1. Stop sharing photos or videos of yourself.
Unless you’re BTS - stop the selfies. Stay behind the camera where photographers are meant to be. Also stop the cliched open-mouthed mid-eating shots, the bendy yoga poses in front of sunsets, and the finger-squishing-landmark shots.
And what's with the back shots? If you share a landscape, don't stand right in the middle of it. Get out of the shot! Let everyone else see what you're looking at! And while you’re at - get off your phone!
Instead - share travel, nature, animals, and fun!
We all love travel and new experiences and would love to see what's cool about wherever you are. In fact, that's exactly why your followers are following you!
2. Stop the political gripes or follower stats.
Don't spread negativity. Don't call politicians names or attack brands' customer service. Take a moment to consider if your personal or petty gripe or opinion is really worth posting publicly for all the world to see. Because it's probably not.
Same goes for your auto-reported follower and unfollower stats or - eek - auto direct messages. Turn. it. off.
Instead - share positive, happy, inspiring content!
3. Stop sharing Exploited or dead animals.
Everywhere around the world, people kidnap, enslave, abuse and kill animals for their bodies and for cruel tourist attractions, in which the animals have a hard enough time suffering in whatever terrible inescapable trap they're in without you purchasing tickets for it, participating in it, and endorsing and promoting on it on social media and making it worse.
Instead, make it better. Don't support animal abuse. Do whatever you can to stop it or to prevent it. Don't share photos of animals being abused, chained, ridden, drugged, tortured or worse - dead. You're not cool for eating animals fried, filleted, or on sticks - you're a jerk for eating someone that wanted to live.