I’ve been meaning to write a post on Social Media Etiquette for a while now because it seems like some people still don’t get it or flat out don’t know how to act. Just because we are ‘socializing’ online, does not give you the right to have your way with me… (you know what I mean!)
Believe me when I say, I have a laundry list of Social Media Do’s and Don’ts but the ones I will share with you today, are the ones that really need to be addressed.
5 Social Media Etiquette Tips
Do Not Friend Me to Spam Me. This happens most often on Facebook. I’m very picky when it comes to the ‘friends’ I accept, however, once in a while a Clever Claire charms her way through.
You’ve met her (or him…I don’t discriminate) before. Her wall and friend list is set to private, her bio is pretty basic and lacks any real detail and though you don’t have much in common, you give her the benefit of the doubt because she adds a message along with her friend request telling you how much she admires what you do.
Once you hit the ‘accept’ button, BOOM…her wall is visible and you’ve noticed she’s added hundreds of people and has yet to share 1 wall post. If you don’t delete her right then, she begins to invite you to every ridiculous event and amazing opportunity under the sun.
Do Not Use My Wall as Ad Space. Yet another sleazy Facebook tactic that drives me up the wall (no pun intended!) It’s one thing when we have a relationship and you respectfully ask me beforehand if you can post something business related to my wall, but when you come to my page, greet me by name and post your ad about something I have NO interest in…it will get removed.
The worst part is going to their wall to see how you even know the person and find out they posted the same Ad on 50 other profiles, um…DELETE!
Give Credit Where Credit is Due. This is just a matter of simply respecting the knowledge and skills of others. If you come across a blog post, status update or any meaningful content and you want to share it with others, always reference and link to the person who originally posted it.
We all work hard at what we do and we need to have a “pay it forward” mentality, especially in the social media arena.
Selflessly Promote Others. This ties in with giving credit where credit is due. Social media extends to us the ability to connect with some wonderful people in all types of industries. We are able to almost effortlessly, meet and share with other business owners and entrepreneurs across the world.
So, go out of your way to willingly promote other people, their business and services with your network and circle of influence.
Please Do Not Beg Me to Join. I may be supermom to my children but by no means am I superwoman to the world; I cannot be everywhere all the time (even though it may seem like I am at times!)
I have no problem being invited to take a look at a group, new social community or even chatting about a business venture but, there is no way I can join every offer presented to me.
So if after a few weeks I have not jumped on board, please do not continue emailing or blowing up my inbox begging for me to ‘just check it out’ or see ‘what’s new’.
Think about it, if someone was interested in what you were offering, they will find a way to contact you or give you the thumbs up to contact them again…stop begging, it’s not a good look!
Now that my little social media etiquette rant is done, let me know what some of your tips are. Share your feedback!