For the past two posts, I have explored the affect of social media use in the workplace. There are definitely mixed feelings about the appropriate use of social media, whether the concerns align with productivity or legal aspects. I’d like to close with this last post on social media etiquette, whether you’re at work or out at dinner with your friends.
The way we interact online is becoming ever so important as the digital world is continuously expanding. With a surplus of social media platforms, there are ways to avoid being flagged as a pest on these mediums!
Facebook is mainly about status updates, according to Realsimple.com. Keep in mind that you should not abuse these status posts with “intentionally vague posts, chronic complaining, meaningless calls to action, oversharing and posting too frequently.” Before you share content, media or a thought with your Facebook audience, think about the importance of your post and see if it’s worth invading your 1000+ friends’ newsfeeds.
Twitter is different from Facebook in that Tweets are more ephemeral than Facebook status updates. However, a more personal and active interaction is involved in the Twitter world. Not only do you want to just share your thoughts, but you also want to engage in a dialogue with your followers and other fellow Twitter account holders. Whether that means retweeting, replying or mentioning a Twitter handle, this type of interaction is important to build up your community as well as building up your credit in the digital world.
GENERAL SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE RULES
· Unless you are a food critic, every meal you eat is not post-worthy. The content should be interesting enough for the audience to share with their followers.
· Try to maintain a tone that is unique, informative and conversational.
· You should be comfortable with your content enough for your boss, client, spouse, or pastor to share them.
· It’s not all about you! Engage with your audience and try to maintain a conversation.
Social Media is valuable in many ways but there is always the appropriate way to utilize it. If you want to communicate effectively and powerfully, keep these etiquette rules in mind to convey and achieve the message you want to relay!