Over the years, social media has dramatically changed the way we communicate.
Many of us have turned to social media as a way to create and/or expand our businesses, develop personal and professional relationships as well as a means to stay up-to-date with the latest news and trends.
With this medium, the way we conduct ourselves is a direct reflection of who we are as individuals and what our brands represent in the space. By behaving inappropriately and disrespecting others can lead to the destruction of that carefully crafted image that took so long to create.
Here, are just a few social etiquette don’ts that are absolute deal breakers.
- Do not link bait. Please do not mislead people with what you think is a catchy title to have them fall into a sponsored post, ad or anything other than what it is supposed to be.
- Do not force your presence onto someone else’s blog, Facebook updates, YouTube channel, etc by adding comments or updates with just a link to your blog or plugging your latest project.
- Do not stalk. Becoming overbearing and obsessive of people is a sign for others to stay away. If people want to friend you or add you to their stream they will do it on their own.
- Do not bully. No one likes a bully on or offline. Belittling, ridiculing or just being obnoxious will you blocked and reported. If you do not agree with people in the space, the solution is simple – unfollow.
- Do not demand to be followed back on any social network.
- Do not attack others by commenting anonymously.
- Do not use social media as your soapbox to complain about every single thing under the sun. Non-stop rants get tired fast.
- Do not ask people who you are not friendly with to Retweet (RT) things for you publicly or via DM.
- Do not take credit someone else’s content or ideas from posts or social networks. It is unprofessional and unethical. Always give proper credit where it is due.
- Do not turn every comment, status update or opinion into an argument.
Share: What social media don’ts would you add to the list?
A big thank you to Tracy López for the post idea.