We all share the web. We interact together on the cyber highways, whizzing past at times and stopping for a visit at others, like we do in our physical world. There are certain rules of the information Super highway that make our travel together a more efficient , smoother experience.
5 Social Media Etiquette Tips:
1. When you want to post something on someone’s Facebook wall that is self-promotional (even if you are promoting a charity event or an event you are not profiting form), you should shoot them a quick inbox message asking for permission to place it on their wall. It’s no different than hanging something in someone’s house.
2. If you are taking a person’s update word for word, then hit the share button so you share it from their page and they receive credit. Likewise, if you are lifting their tweet word for word, then retweet it instead of posting it as your own. It’s the social media equivalent of citing your source. Taking someone’s tweet or status update and passing it off as your own is a form of plagiarism.
3. If you want to ask someone about something completely irrelevant to their last post, then do not clog their thread with it. This one irks me to no end. You may end up high-jacking a thread that was intended to facilitate a discussion about a topic of importance to the poster. Stay on topic if you are replying to a Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter post. Ask questions via inbox or direct messages, or shoot a fresh tweet or post a stand-alone comment that does not interfere with a conversation that has nothing to do with your question.
4. Watch your language. This should go without saying, but I’m on social media enough to know it happens all day, every day. If you feel a curse word is absolutely essential to communicate your message, then use a non-offensive spelling such as: sh!t, f*ck or @$$hole. But use sparingly and not on more professional sites like LinkedIn and only with people you are comfortable with, know very well and will not take offense. And understand, that if you drop f bombs like fireworks on the Fourth of July you may have trouble will people taking you seriously and your credibility can be damaged. And whatever you do, refrain from slinging derogatory names at people, no matter how much you feel they may deserve them. You are an adult and if you cannot make your point without reverting to school yard name calling then you probably should not be on social media—and maybe should not be interacting with other people at all.
5. Liking is good, commenting is better. While engagement drives social media, there are different levels. If you consistently “like” or RT updates on your feeds but never take that extra step to say what you liked, disagreed with, made you laugh, made you mad, or whatever the case may be, then go ahead and have your say. That is how the conversation evolves.
As a community, we are always improving the dynamic and quality of our collective conversation. The important thing is that we are driven to communicate and are drawn to interaction through our interests, commonalities, and passions.