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10 Good Manners for Social Media


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How should we behave on social media/ What good manners should be kept in mind?

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10 Good Manners for Social Media

  1. 2. <ul><li>Social Media is all about sharing your talents and skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Zig Ziglar rightly says, ‘You can have anything you want as long as you give people enough of what they want’ </li></ul><ul><li>Become likeable and respectable by sharing wisdom and good content that you come across. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>First observe people what they like, how they behave, what they share and what kind of posts they comment on. </li></ul><ul><li>Then slowly become friendly by offering help. </li></ul><ul><li>You need to be extra sensitive when dealing with people of other cultures and young women for example. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people get turned off by over-friendly behavior and may think that you have a hidden agenda. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Social media is not a place for personal vendetta and washing your dirty linen. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use it for releasing bottled up anger and frustrations. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a regular habit of doing this, it may prove costly as you may lose friends. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Avoid getting too personal about family and vacations etc except when you are interacting with close friends and family on Facebook or circles in case of Google +. </li></ul><ul><li>People are not interested in personal affairs of others unless it’s something sensational. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>It is not good manners to be talking all the time even if you are a celebrity, who cannot devote too much time to social media. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember we will never achieve anything memorable unless it is validated by others. </li></ul><ul><li>If you establish a goodwill through your interactions, advice, suggestions, comments and offers of help, people will validate you. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Remember social media is for the people who consider life a marathon and not 100 meter race. </li></ul><ul><li>If you ask for favors immediately after someone joins your network, you may have to pay a heavy price in terms of your reputation, loss of friends and rude replies. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on giving and relationship building first and not asking. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Always look for opportunity to help people, within your constraints. </li></ul><ul><li>But at the same time, keenly observe people who are behaving selfishly all the time and blacklist such people mentally. </li></ul><ul><li>May be a quote or comment can make the day for a friend or who knows might change the course of someone’s life. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>We all go through negative phases and negative moods. Once in a while it may be human to do so, but if you do it constantly, your friends may start deleting you. </li></ul><ul><li>Isn’t there enough negativity in the world, the media, material frustrations, failed relationships and so on? </li></ul><ul><li>If you are angry at someone cool down first and then go social. If necessary, write stuff on paper and tear it later </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Again once in a while, it may be fine to talk about your new mobile or your new car, but don’t make it a place to brag all the time. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember it is only the nouveau riché (newly rich) who show off, coins make noise, notes are silent. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, instead of talking about your successes all the time, behave like a human being who fails once in a while. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>When using social media don’t always think ‘What’s in for me?’ but rather think how can I benefit others. </li></ul><ul><li>Believe me, whatever you will send, will come back to you sooner or later. </li></ul><ul><li>In a way social media is a place where you learn to become less and less selfish and more and more giving. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not openly declare your biases and prejudices, you may offend people (we all have some biases). </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Now give yourself one point for each good manner which you already follow and rate yourself on a scale of 10. </li></ul><ul><li>This rating is your Social Media Manners Quotient. </li></ul><ul><li>The universe showers abundance back at you but if and only if you give genuinely and not just to get back. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>