“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou
SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE
My mother always told me, “Evy if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” This very quote my mom used to tell me has popped in my head time and time again this past week as I have been reading and seeing some people’s rude, unkind bullying and downright offensive replies to one another on different social media channels. Especially in this time of heated debates over the presidential candidates. These days there’s definitively major confusion about what behaviors are acceptable on what we post on our social media channels. In my opinion, there is a huge lack of respect.
Following proper social media etiquette can protect you or someone you know from unfortunate repercussions. Rants, likes, dislikes, pictures and vulgar comments that you make on social media are forever there even if you’ve changed your mind and decide to delete them from your site.
Let’s go over some things you should consider before posting – social media etiquette tips
First impressions are lasting impressions – You are what you share
Remember that what you post becomes a representation of you and or your business. Use common sense before posting anything. You have every right to make your opinions and beliefs known. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to express yourself. There is no need to use vulgar language. Don’t make hasty judgments about people or their circumstances. Don’t be a constant complainer, gossiper or a bragger. There is no need for any of that and most people do not like it.
Photos: To tag or not to tag – That is the question
Unexpected tagging can create many problems with your friends, family or followers. Whatever happened to asking people for permission first? What if they don’t want to be tagged on a photo on social media at all for whatever reason? Maybe they don’t like themselves in the picture because they find it unflattering. Maybe being in the picture could damage their reputation at their job. Maybe they want to upload their own pictures and not have you do itdo it. A careless Facebook picture, post or a tweet on Twitter can quickly jeopardize someone’s job or family life. Although we do have the option to manage our social media privacy settings, you should still give someone the courtesy of asking first if they would like to be tagged in a photo they are in. When in doubt ask for permission first and give your friends the option of tagging themselves.
Don’t drink, get drunk and post
This is one quick way to ruin your reputation or lose your job or maybe even a significant other. I know we have all heard the words “Don’t drink and drive” well “Don’t drink and post” crazy things you will regret later. Put that cell phone down and step away from the laptop before you upload a picture or type a post you’ll regret. This is a sure way to not only hurt your reputation, but you may be doing damage and hurting others as well.
The dreaded announcements
“I will be deleting some friends from my Facebook list, because of x, y & z.”
It is perfectly OK to unfriend someone you no longer want on your page without having to broadcast it to everyone. Don’t worry you will not end up at Facebook or twitter jail for unfriending someone. People grow apart for whatever reason and circumstances change. I have deleted a few friends who I have not had conversations with in years and/or we have nothing in common anymore. I absolutely do not make them the target of the day or give them and others on my page warning that I will be deleting them. There are ways you can do this without hurting someone’s feelings or pointing them out. For example, you can hide someone from your feed.
Don’t just Sell – Sell – Sell
Of course you’re in business to make money, but be careful not to make all your post about selling and spamming only. Rule of thumb is that only 20% of your social media communication should directly relate to the goods or services you provide. People like to be treated with respect and thoughtfulness online. Don’t constantly attack people with sales pitches.
Don’t #Go Hashtag #Loco #Crazy #On #Every #Post
All platforms are different and have different rules as to how many hashtags are appropriate. It looks like overkill when you have twelve plus hash tags.
Where are your manners?
Thank and acknowledge people whose posts you have re-shared on your site. Give them credit for their work.
Facebook friend request
If you send someone a Facebook friend request and they do not accept you then don’t be surprised or insulted. Send a message or an e-mail introducing yourself and explain why they should accept you as a friend. Maybe you both have someone in common that you know.
Listen, social media etiquette is no different than having conversations with people on a day-to-day face-to-face basis. Act the way you would like to be treated and respected. Social Media is constantly changing so make a point to read each platforms ‘Best Practices’ and stay current on all the changes.
Remember – When in doubt do not post! Social Media etiquette is important.
I hope you enjoyed this.
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