Social Networking Etiquette For 2011: Keeping it Real

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Facebook, Twitter and a range of other similar services are both fun and important for you and I, as well as businesses; but you have to remember that social networking etiquette is very important for 2011. The past year has shown us that some members of these social media sites have abused the service, and this only spoils it for others – so how can we all improve on that?

We all know someone who loves to share his or her every move or experience on Facebook or Twitter, and more often than not this can get a little frustrating. The reason we say this is because some of the things that get posted are just outright silly – we suggest that if you would not say it in person to someone in public, then why say it at all online?

More often than not certain individuals find that they have put their foot in their mouth, and spend more time trying to explain to their friends what they have just said. We would also like to point out that it is not just individuals who can end up embarrassing themselves; a business or brand can do too.

It is for these reasons that social networking etiquette rules need to be followed, but that does not mean that it cannot still be fun. Your actions show you what a person you are, but that is not as important as showing what kind of brand you are. It is for this reason why Social Follow has offered their own take on what these businesses should do, as to not put people off.

One thing we do know, we hate knowing that these brands are trying to be something that they are not – this comes across as fake and will mean that you will not believe in them. Have you ever been put off by what you have seen on any of these social networking sites? Do you think that the rules should be followed more closely, or should we all loosen up?

Also See: Facebook update for January 1, 2015

  • Sue Epper

    Are 'social' networks really social or do they create harm? It amazes me when I see so many friends listed in some individuals 'friends' list. Just betcha the profiled person doesn't know most of these people. These so called friends can create problems. Sharing too much info about yourself is another concern. Maintaining some sort of 'privacy' is a good thing. And then we must remember that a lot of these 'friends' we lean on in health groups may not be who they say they are; may not know what they are talking about; and just stay on certain 'blogs' to promote themselves if they are bloggers, writers, etc. Therefore, I think we should use all 'social' networks cautiously! They can be fun but create more problems then they are worth if we are not careful.

  • charlouis

    I am not qiute sure what this person was getting to. I love Favebbok because my family puts pictures up of their vacations, weddings, ect and it is a quick way to say "Hi how are you" it seems to be very hard for folks to find proper etiquette today in person I do believe that people need to be nice in all area's of life and remember that what goes around comes around if you give good you get good.