I know, it’s summer, yet I can’t stop wearing black. It’s currently becoming my default, along with gold. Anyway, I won’t talk (or write) long about my outfit. Rather, let me share my account on Social Media Etiquette, by and mostly intended for social media figures. Here’s my top 10 list of things to do/not to do online:
1.) Thank people for compliments. Make sure to be grateful to people who appreciate your work.
2.) Respect other people’s opinions. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, so if someone doesn’t favor your work, just remember “You can’t please everyone”.
3.) Don’t bite into detractors’ bashes. Keep your cool and composure at all times. Remember, whatever you say can be used against you. The Internet is vast enough for issues to be widespread.
4.) Socialize. You are not born a god for everything to come breakthrough. It’s not as if being notable is within the hands’ reach. You always need to work hard to achieve something. Most of the time, establishing connections matter.
5.) Never plagiarize. If you have your own name or want to make one, be original. Imitation is NOT at all times the best form of flattery.
6.) Remember that blogging is a responsibility. Blogging has PRIVILEGES, not FREEBIES. Those privileges come hand in hand with the responsibility to promote a brand/event/establishment in exchange. Make sure to post as soon as you can, not just when you want to. That way, you’re creating a good impression to the advertisers. Treat it as a job.
7.) Filter and limit your posts. Avoid posting 1000 selfies a day. You don’t need to show people a 360-degree view of you. Besides, limiting your post per category gives your other posts more exposure, which makes it more interesting. (Tip: If you’re a blogger or some sort of a social media junkie, try scheduling your posts like: lunch or dinner. It exposes you to diverse markets, as opposed to flooding posts at a certain time, wherein the same people see your posts.)
8.) Don’t hate your competitors. In every industry, there are top people and of course, competitors. Competition is healthy. Yet, the greatest competitor one can have is himself. When you discover your competitive edge, you naturally feel the urge to strive harder the next time.
9.) Thou shall not share private information publicly. Please don’t let everyone know your neighbor had an affair or your younger sibling has a birthmark somewhere unpleasant. If you do, you might as well want to tell everyone your amount of savings in the bank.
10.) You should not tell the world where you are at all times. Top two places where you should not check in to:Bank= tell me, do you want to get robbed? Out-of-town-vacation (especially if you’re with your whole household)- If ill-hearted strangers would discover a house is empty, horrific plans might emerge.
How about you, do you have your own version of social media etiquette? Let me know!