In this very digital age, social media is becoming a big part of daily life. Most people have at least one social media account to connect with family, friends, brands, bloggers and other people they may have never met. You probably know how to communicate appropriately in person, but communication behavior online is a whole new ballgame.
Although there is no official rule book or etiquette guide for social media, there are some unofficial guidelines that we would like to share to keep you from making the wrong impressions online and to keep you looking classy at all times.
- Think before you post. Future employers could see your posts, even if you make them private. So unless it is something you would say on television for the whole world to hear you say it, don’t say it online.
- If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. It’s advice we’ve heard since we were children and it still applies as adults. And if you do have criticism at least don’t be rude about it. That only makes you look bad.
- Realize that every social site is different and post with that in mind. On Twitter, it’s okay to post multiple times a day and sometimes even in a row. You might get unfollowed or unfriended if you post that many times on Facebook and Instagram.
- Consider your own standards. Some people like the “follow me and I’ll follow back” idea. Others don’t. Find out what works for you and realize that not everyone will agree with you.
- Be friendly, make friends, but feel free to ignore the negative. If someone leaves you a negative comment, just ignore the person, especially if it’s a stranger. There is no need to get into something with someone online.
Above all, treat others the way you would like to be treated. It’s the golden rule and one we hope is applied both on and offline.