Social Media Etiquette
There’s so much to talk about here, but I am going to dive into Facebook specifically with this column.
Given the popularity and the longevity of Facebook, you’d think we would know how to use it properly by now. That is not the case. And while there are many rules of engagement according to Facebook, there are plenty of unwritten rules. Let’s talk about some of the rules for responsible use of the platform.
Facebook is about connecting with friends, old and new. And typically, it’s a good idea to connect to people who are requesting to connect with you. But how to decide? I start with a basic foundation of people I already know. If I get a friend request from someone I don’t know, I usually start with our mutual friends to see who we have in common. But the real etiquette suggests you introduce yourself, a simple message about why you want to connect. If I don’t know you and don’t have any connections with you, I won’t be accepting your request.
Secondly, let’s take a minute to talk about “tagging.” If you take photos while you’re out with your friends, it is polite to ask for permission before you tag them. Avoid posting unflattering photos.
Lastly, remember that these online communities are filled with real people. While it’s good to be yourself and express your personality, doing so shouldn’t come at the expense of others.
The golden rule is always to treat others how you want to be treated.