The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Etiquette

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Nowadays, all it takes to look someone up online is the click of a button. One Google search and you can find a wealth of information on someone, including access to all of his or her social media accounts. This basically acts as one big comprehensive resume for anyone who cares to look. Because of this, it’s important to protect your image online and maintain a reputable appearance. With social media being used more than ever before, there has never been a better time to brush up on how we communicate digitally. Here, you’ll find our top five tips for effective and polite social media etiquette.

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As simple as this seems, it is constantly overlooked. No matter your goals on social media, crediting people online for their content is an absolute must, especially if it is sponsored content. If you want to remain a credible and respected presence on the Internet, then always be sure to elucidate the exact source of your material and provide a link when possible.

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Although one of the main reasons we use social media is to connect and communicate with the people around us, it’s important to remember that billions of people use the Internet every day. Any comments, postings, pictures, and the like are literally online forever. Not everyone needs to hear about your breakup, getting fired, or that drunken escapade you went on last weekend. Save the personal details for people you’re personally close with, and opt for a more polished presence online.

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The power of making connections online cannot be stressed enough! Whether it be through sharing someone else’s blog post, featuring guest writers on your blog, responding to comments, tweeting about someone else’s post, or any measure of online activity, it’s vitally important to create relationships with others in your community.  Not only does this help grow your following and engagement, but it can also lead to developing meaningful relationships and friendships!

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It’s as simple as this: if they want to, they will. If they don’t want to, they won’t. Constantly asking people to like something for you is an absolute Internet turn off. It’s the equivalent of begging and only serves to annoy or provoke people, resulting in a loss of followers as well as a sense of inauthenticity.

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When people you don’t know stumble across your blog/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/etc., what is the overall message that you want to be depicted? The mood that you set with your social media is how you’ll be remembered. Think about how often you click onto someone’s page only to immediately click off after seeing something small that bothered you. People can’t necessarily see the whole picture, so make sure that what you are trying to convey comes across clearly.

More than anything, it’s important to remember to treat people the way you want to be treated whether online or not!