You know how much you love logging into the recently launched Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to share information or update your status. Whichever way you like to use your social platforms, it’s important to learn the social graces of social media, which have become an integral part of our lives. Many people believe that they can do as they please with their social media accounts.

This may be true to a degree, but it’s critical to understand that this is a social network, which means you’re not using it alone. You have to be considerate of others, even more so since online communication lacks tone and body language, which would normally help regulate face-to-face interaction. Social media guidelines are not set in stone but are generally agreed upon for better social media interaction. They cannot be exhausted here either, as there are many social platforms that are used differently. Below are some common ones that may apply to frequently used social networks.

think before you post

When in doubt about whether or not to share something online, it’s best not to share it. The internet doesn’t really have a delete button. In fact, the general rule of thumb is: if you wouldn’t say it in normal conversation, don’t say it on social media. Be careful what you say or share. You never know who is seeing it and how it may affect you. Also, if you are commenting or replying to something someone has posted, make sure your comments are meaningful and respectful, that there is no spam (irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent over the Internet to a large number of recipients) or off-topic comments. . offensive gold.

Also, avoid replying to or initiating inflammatory messages. If you really feel the need to respond to one, don’t do it right away. Give yourself time to think and give an adequate and objective answer. In fact, it is best to send a private message, especially if your answer is negative.

Avoid giving TMI (too much information)

Someone once said offhandedly that there was a fine line between “I should tweet that” and “I should talk to my therapist about it.” How many times have you or someone you know posted information deemed too personal on Facebook or Twitter? Please refrain from sharing such on social media. Private conversations should also be kept out. Use private inboxes, email, or chat if you need to share information that isn’t visible to everyone. Keep ventilation frustrations to a minimum. nobody likes a complainer

At the same time, don’t put too much information in your profile. Avoid giving details about where you live or about your children if you have any, among your personal information, for your own safety. Internet is not private.

Photos

No one is really interested in seeing a picture of you drunk and passed out at a party. Avoid posting photos of yourself in compromising positions, suggestive photos of anything others might find offensive. It paints you in a negative light. Also, don’t post photos or tag people in photos without their permission, especially if they aren’t close friends. When it comes to photos, it’s always good to have a picture of yourself on your profile, as people like to see who they’re interacting with online. Most people don’t like to talk with caricatures or company logos.

Avoid talking over text

Does it bother you when someone types “Cn wi tlk l8r n 2de?” Space limitation on social media platforms is not common enough to justify one writing one that way. Communicate clearly and in a way that can be understood.

It’s not just about you.

People get tired of people constantly talking about themselves. Social media is for social media. Interact with people. Start conversations, share information, and comment on information others share. People are willing to listen and engage with those who do the same.

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