Social Networking Etiquette For 2011: Keeping it Real

By Peter Chubb - Apr 4, 2011

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?

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