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Social Media Etiquette

Social media has become a world of its own with over 4.33 billion social media users around the globe. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn are used daily to communicate and interact with others. Whether you are navigating this digital world for personal or business purposes, there are rules… or at least there should be.

Consider these social media etiquette rules when you interact online.

  1. Trolls used to be cute… not anymore!

Don’t be a troll online. You may think of the little dolls with colorful hair when we talk about trolls, but I assure you these ones aren’t nearly as cute. An online troll is a person who anonymously disrupts others. They comment on posts and stir up drama to make other users angry. Trolls go on social media with bad intentions to start a war online. Don’t be a troll… simply scroll! It is fine to leave your opinion or to join in on a conversation, but have good intentions when you do and respect the opinions of others. We all know how hard it can be to hold your tongue when you don't like what you see, but take the high road and get closer to God! Scroll past it or unfollow and keep your hatred to yourself.

  1. Don’t follow to unfollow

The age old trick to get new followers by following users online just to unfollow them once they follow back is dead. Social media has evolved and if you do that now, you just look like a jerk. People can see what you're doing and no one likes it! Get followers the old fashioned way, by posting good content.

  1. Don’t spread fake news.

When sharing information online, always check your sources and make sure the information you are sharing is accurate. With so much misinformation out there, it is easy to simply share something without second guessing it. If you are always sharing fake news, you may damage your reputation and character. Check the sources or list it as speculation when you are unsure of the accuracy of what you’re sharing.

  1. Support your community

When your friends post online, always interact with their content! Like, comment on, or share their posts to support them. Remember the golden rule… treat others how you would like to be treated. If you support your community and friends online, they will do the same for you.

  1. Play nice with your competitors

There’s enough room for everyone on social media. Have each other’s backs and don’t ever publicly shame your competitors. Talking badly about competitors will likely have adverse consequences on your own reputation. Being kind works every time, so choose to lift each other up.

Social media can be a powerful tool for businesses and individuals, if it is properly utilized. If you struggle with social media management or aren’t sure what you should be posting, contact us at Fox and Forth to help.

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