8 Basic Tips for Social Media Etiquette

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On social media, everything is a part of your brand and is an extension of you. People don’t know you personally so all they have to work with is the vibes you give off. From the way that you send emails, your blog posts, your social media posts and newsletters, everything. What you publish reveals who you are and can tell people one or two things. Either you’re a nasty, disrespectful person or you’re a kind, respectful person. It doesn’t take much to show others respect and appreciation and it may also grant you a follower, or more, a supporter for life. Below are some basic actions we can implement to help to keep our respect levels at an all-time high.

Give Thanks

When someone reblogs or pingbacks on one of your posts, say thank you. It really just takes a second. Although the person probably didn’t share your post to look good, everyone likes to be appreciated. This same thing applies to any social media sharing. When others share your work, thank them. They didn’t have to do it.

Respond to Comments

When someone leaves a comment on your blog or social media in general, respond back. Let them know you see their support and you appreciate it. Remember, no one has to say anything to you so acknowledge those who do.

Use Names

It only takes a second to navigate to the person’s avatar and discover what their name is. You can see some people’s names with their comment profile but for some, you may have to visit their blog to see their real name. Taking a few seconds out of your day to go the extra mile is a form of respect. Using the person name also makes it more personable and shows you really mean it. It makes the other person feel good inside that you took the time to learn their name.

Follow their Blog, Twitter, IG, Like their FB pages, etc

If you really connect with someone, show that you are interested in learning more about them and their work by following their social media pages. You can learn a lot about a person, or at least glimpse who they are, by following them on social media.

Participate

How will we know you’re not just some robot follower or someone following to get a follow back? Through your level of participation. When following someone on social media, don’t just follow and become a ghost. Participate. Retweet their pinned tweet or something they are promoting. Thank them if they retweet something of yours and share their information with your audience as you would like them to do for you.  Like some of their Facebook posts. You don’t have to become a stalker but remember, actions speak louder than words. Show you’re a real person by genuinely participating.

Don’t Be Disrespectful

A wise person once said, don’t burn your bridges. I am sure we’ve all heard this before. The saying suggests that you never know who you will need later in life and where you will have to go so don’t cut off what could possibly connect you to something greater on the other side. Don’t burn down your bridge. Understand that there will be differences in opinions and it’s OK to disagree. In fact, I am all for being firm and standing your ground, but don’t allow someone to get you so upset that you are out of character and are being disrespectful in a way you can’t come back from.

Remember that people are not dumb. Even through texting and social media we can still tell when someone’s being “smart” and condescending. Using all caps, exclamation marks, and publishing blog posts indirectly talking to other bloggers are all signs that you are angry and will not be missed by your fellow peers. They may find this behavior childish and disrespectful and you could lose a good supporter forever. It is possible to disagree with someone and leave them with their dignity.

Ask Questions and Never Assume

We have a duty, especially on social media, to communicate our wants and needs with anyone we share personal space with. This includes blogging and social media. People’s lives are busy and you never know what someone is going through. If there’s something you don’t understand, something that needs clarity, or if you yourself want to clarify something, be sure to communicate effectively and ask questions when needed. Never,  make assumptions and be clear that you are dealing with 100% factual information. Anything that is spoken about in anger that is not reflective of the truth can turn potential clients / readers / supporters off. It means you didn’t even have the decency to verify your information before attacking them.

Always ask questions and never make assumptions. Also, if someone asks you a question, try your best to answer it. If you don’t know the answer swallow your pride and admit you don’t know (no one knows everything). But don’t leave the question hanging in the air. It could be read as a sign of disrespect.

Don’t Disrespect Your Spouse / Loved Ones on Social Media

The way you treat those closets to you speaks volumes about who you are. If you talk about your husband or wife in a way that is nasty it doesn’t just embarrass him/her, it also embarrasses you. It brings shame to your household and makes you look childish and unkind. Never, ever, disrespect the one you love in public either by revealing personal matters or cursing them out on social media. This is especially shameful if you’re a writer or businessperson. Who wants to support someone who demeans the people they love so effortlessly? Not me.

Be careful how you talk to people online. Emails, personal DMs and phone calls are ways you can reach out to people privately if you have  pressing issues. (These are also good ways to communicate if you see someone doing something wrong and feel they need correction. Sometimes people just need to be educated, not demeaned.) Respect starts at home. Give it to your household first and then give it to others.

 

What about you? Are there any other ways of being respectful in the blog / social media world we can add to this list?? Let me hear yours!

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43 thoughts on “8 Basic Tips for Social Media Etiquette

  1. This is so true! I once heard a man teaching kids about social media and saying they needed to look at it as an online resume. Everything you post can be made public and your future employer will see how you interact with people. Great post!

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  2. Good advice on participating. I’m fairly new to Twitter and your advice to retweet pinned posts is very helpful. One thing I try to do to be respectful in leaving comments is to make sure I don’t just leave a generic comment. I want it to be obvious that I actually read the post.

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  3. Great rule of conduct! I think quite a few people should read it 😉

    The thing that most bothers me on oscial media is with what ease people speak back, attack and are generally disrespectful or snarly with others. I’ve read things I’m sure those same people would never say face-to-face… which is kind of coward.

    I’ve also seen people overreacting on social media. My policy is to always thank for a comment, no matter how rude it may be. Normally that’s enough to quench the fire. But I’ve seen people (and some were my friends) blow over the fire instead, because they though they had been treated unfairly and they should react. I gnereally agree with this in real life, not on social media where everything tends to be misread, misinterpreted and get out of hands. Nothing good ever comes from that.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Very good points Sarah! That’s one thing about text, you can’t hear tone of voice, look into eyes or see body movements so it’s easy to misread and misinterpret. You have to rely on discernment, a gift not everyone chooses to utilize.

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  4. 🙂 Not, everyone wants their blog posts reblogged (I am one of those people and that is the reason why I removed the reblog button from my blog).

    I absolutely agree with you on responding to comments.

    Apparently, a lot of bloggers fail to respond to their comments (And, that is a very bad thing).

    Anyone who misbehaves on social media deserves a spanking.

    I enjoyed reading your personal take on social media etiquette.

    Great post!

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    1. That’s a good point to add to the list about reblogs and I think you removing your button is a wise move. Reblogging can be like the “like” button and that it’s one of those automatic actions people take to help to share the article. Anyone who does not want their posts reblogged should either remove the button or say so in their Privacy Policy. Either way it needs to be made clear to others and the notice should be easily accessible on the blog. Thanks for sharing!

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