How NOT To Behave On Social Media – Etiquette

Is there such a thing as social media etiquette?  

When we were younger, we were told say “please” and “thank-you”. Etiquette is important offline as well as online.  The fact is, very little changes when connecting over the internet.  Social media, just like any other form of communication has it’s own rules and proper behaviour should be adhered to as much as possible.


Facebook Instant Messenger Instead Of your Wall

Social media is a very noisy place and using the comments section as messenger is not a great idea.  Not only will everyone get a notification each time you go back and forth but you may well let the wrong people know information about yourself that is not necessary.  Remember, walls have ears. i.e You’re on holiday – this is when most burglaries occur.

If something is private, then send it on messenger, text, WhatsApp etc.  If you have a Facebook page and it’s business related, encourage your audience to connect with you on messenger.  It’s totally a great way to connect with your audience and build that “know-like-trust” factor.

Tag With Care

Everyone hates this but so many people still do it.  Don’t tag people when promoting your business or opportunity. Certainly don’t tag someone on a photo just because you look good in it.  They might not feel the same about themselves.


Posting Photos Of Other People’s Children

This one is simple.  If someone is under the age of 18, you need parental consent to post their photos on Social Media.  With everything that goes on, it’s important to honour that and get permission.  Don’t be that person that goes around posting photos of other people’s children, no matter how cute they look.

Reply To Comments

You post a status…It’s just polite to reply when someone comments. This is where most people go wrong.  They simply don’t acknowledge or communicate with their audience.  If you ignore people, the chances are that they won’t bother commenting on your posts as they will feel silly talking to themselves.

Just think…

Tonalities (Use Emojis)

When you speak to someone face-to-face you have the advantage of seeing their facial expressions and hearing the fluctuation and inflections in their voice.  With online textual communication it can be difficult to determine someone’s tone especially if they are serious or joking. Sarcasm is often the hardest to ascertain.  To make matters worse, each person has their own typing style. So, that’s where the use of emojis comes in.  A smiley face after a sentence is great for defusing and neutralising any tension.

On Facebook you can use these…

And on your phone you have many more reaction emojis to help you convey your message.

Firstly remember this…

According to Facebook’s Terms of Service, you’re not allowed to use your personal profile strictly for business. So many people have lost their Facebook personal pages with thousands of friends and followers because they did not adhere to the rules.  Now, I know you’re probably thinking,

“But Kimberley, I’ve done this for years and I’ve not had a problem.”

It only a matter of time before this happens.  Take heed and change tack!

 Group Etiquette

STOP adding people to groups, either on Facebook or on LinkedIn without their prior permission.  I totally get that there isn’t a invite option, however, you can send a personal invitation telling the person about the group and giving he the option to join.


Game Playing

Please! For the love of all that is good in the world, please stop inviting all your friends to play CandyCrush.  I’m not sure if the players realise, but every single time you play CandyCrush or other games on Facebook.  The rest of your friends get an invite to join. Now if you play it every couple of hours, then your friends are doomed to constantly get those notifications.

Here’s the thing…

If someone has not responded to your first request to join the games, then it’s safe to say that they don’t want to help you tend you imaginary farm.


Taking Statuses Literally

If someone puts a status, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are actually doing that.

Example “Watching Ironman”

You can’t be on Facebook and watching Ironman at the same time.  The chances are they put that status before or after the actual film.

Also, if someone puts a status out talking about something and has not put your name.  Try not to think that it’s about you.  There are over 1.3 billion active users on Facebook, 600 million on Instagram and over 300 million on Twitter. So you see…It’s not all about you!

Stealing People’s Content  

Ok, so I’ve seen it all when it come’s to social media… people;

➤copying other people’s statuses

➤taking other people’s ideas and passing it off as their own

➤who troll through social media putting negative comments

➤who are inspired by someone but don’t give them credit for it

Oh but the list is HUGE!  Here’s the point though…

If you are copying, taking other people’s ideas and calling it your own, then it’s called PLAGIARISM (Look it up if you don’t know what it means). In simple terms you are stealing!  

It’s a simple thing, but so many people are NOT doing it.  If you’re inspired by someone, whether it’s through what they said or what they wrote, then give them credit.  Always give credit, where credit is due.

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