Social Media Etiquette

smediaBillions of users now call some form of Social Media their connective lifeblood.

LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Vine etc.

What is rapidly falling to the wayside with this massive influx of use is etiquette.  Yes, etiquette.

Just like dinner out or a social gathering, Social Media also has some unprinted rules of etiquette that go along with their use.  These aren’t laws of course, but can cost you users and, well, in some cases…real friends.

Poor Social Media Etiquette:

1)  Advertising your business on your personal pages outside of LinkedIn.  This has to be one of the most annoying things people can do.  Listen, we all know what you do for a living.  If you really want to tell me about it, call me!  Don’t jank up my news feed.  Especially on sites like Instagram where I am there to see photos….I don’t need to see your daily special!  Solution:  Create a business page separate from your personal page.  We can then choose to follow or not follow it.

2)  Airing your personal grievances with a close friend or family member and claiming you won’t name names.  Kids…somethings are meant to be left personal and I hate to tell you this.  That four page essay you left on the situation had so many clues in it we know exactly who you are talking about.  Hey, we are all guilty of this.

3)  Using Social Media as a Political or Religious Lightning Rod.  We all love to be heard and want everyone to think just like us but reality is, that will never happen.  Using Facebook or other sites to point out that your friends are “stupid” or their beliefs are “idiotic” because they don’t fall in line with yours is silly.  By all means, state your opinion on any topic.  Using it to call others names, well, that’s where it gets out of the proper parameters.

4)  Posting unwanted media about friends or family.  I am not speaking about that photo from when you are 5 on your birthday or an outing with friends.  I am talking about the drunk photo or inappropriate capture that gets dropped out for the world to see without permission.  In this day and age where anything can keep you from a job, these can hurt.  In fact, there are more and more stories of colleges not accepting applications due to inappropriate postings on Social Media of potential students.

So, your turn.  Feel free to add to this list.

How is your Social Media Etiquette?

Happy New Year all!