Social media etiquette and rules are something you should take the time to familiarize yourself with. They are very common sense rules that will make your social media experience that much better.
You should always use a real picture of yourself. The picture I have displayed here is one I snapped with my webcam while I was working and use on many of my social media platforms. Get a camera or use your webcam to snap one and just make it nice. People want to see you – NOT your avatar.
Other things to consider when doing your social media:
- Promoting yourself – promoting yourself or your business is a good thing, just don’t overdo it.
- Promote others – people like to see their content being promoted and read. Promoting others is good as long the content is useful to your readers and good content.
- Comment – Comment on others people content, but be sure to mind your P’s & Q’s – thank you and you’re welcome go a long way at gaining respect and making you more likeable.
- RT – (re-tweet) other’s content – re-tweeting is great and people love to be re-tweeted, but again make sure the content is good and relevant to your readers or your purpose.
- Give credit – always give credit to someone when you tweet / re-tweet / post to wall.
- Participate – be sure to respond to people who tweet / re-tweet / post to your wall or comment on your content in some way.
- Link to content / persons – always link to the content you are sharing and if you mention someone be sure to link to them in some way. You can link to their profile, website, blog, or put the @ sign in front of their name on twitter (@rhondaholscher). Be sure that there are no spaces.
- Google likes links and can help others gain recognition through Google.
- Relevant content – don’t post something and link to something else. Make sure they are relevant. For instance if I tell everyone that my daughter just got her yellow belt (which she did by the way) don’t put up a link to a sales page or blog post that is totally irrelevant. This is a sure fire way to annoy people and I know I won’t keep clicking on your links if you do that. Deceptive content is NOT a good thing.
- Do NOT DM / PM (direct message / private message) someone your promotions unless they want you to. That belongs in your tweets or on your wall.
- Do NOT bash or sabotage others. Being hateful is unprofessional, unkind, and unnecessary and another sure fire way to annoy your followers. This can damage someone’s reputation that might not really deserve it. If someone makes you angry or does something horrible to you then don’t deal with them anymore, but don’t start a war in the social media zone. We are all grown-ups! Right?
- Keep it personable – Do not automate your responses. Reply in person as often as possible. People want to hear from you not your robot.
Let’s hear your thoughts on social media etiquette and rules. Which ones do you observe? Share them with us so we can all utilize social media more effectively and conscientiously.