Tips on not being a snob in the social media world

Here is a great arti­cle I found on Roswell Patch

What To Do Social Media Etiquette

Tips on not being a snob in the social media world.

I didn’t real­ize that not every­one instinc­tively knows how to inter­act in social media until recently. Peo­ple are snub­bing poten­tial con­tacts and miss­ing their tar­get left and right because they don’t know the basics of social media eti­quette. Despite the cav­a­lier atti­tude in gen­eral towards hav­ing an online pres­ence and shar­ing every­thing with the world, there are still basic rules that must be fol­lowed if you expect to make any­thing of your social media experience.

Friend­in: Face­book has a sys­tem that acts as a buffer between you and any­one else on the web­site. If some­one wants to have full access to the pro­file pic­tures, videos and com­ments you make, they have to be accepted as a “friend” by you. Friend in the online world has come to com­bine acquain­tance, buddy, fam­ily mem­ber, class­mate and co-worker into one famil­iar term. Sure, you aren’t really “friends” with an old col­lege pro­fes­sor, but they did like you as a stu­dent and might have some con­tacts that could help you in your job hunt. What­ever you decide — to “friend” or not — you can turn down any friend request with­out the per­son see­ing your rejec­tion; so rest easy.

Fol­low­ing: At first, I didn’t like Twit­ter because it’s a lit­tle bit of work to build a fol­low­ing. Fol­low­ing allows you to see all of the tweet expressed by a cer­tain per­son. If you love a cer­tain celebrity, you’d fol­low them. Twit­ter is dif­fer­ent because you can have dif­fer­ent num­bers of fol­low­ers than peo­ple you fol­low. This is because not every­one you’re inter­ested in fol­low­ing will be as inter­ested in you. Some­times you have to fol­low oth­ers with sim­i­lar inter­ests first. How­ever, it is con­sid­ered very rude to not fol­low some­one who fol­lows you! At the very least, always send a pri­vate mes­sage thank­ing them for following you.

Com­ment­ing. If you blog, this is proof of your suc­cess. When peo­ple com­ment on some­thing you write, it sig­ni­fies that you made an impact. Updat­ing a blog reg­u­larly (once or twice a week at least ) is the best way to attract atten­tion except for writ­ing some­thing intrigu­ing to audi­ences and witty for good mea­sure.  If you have a com­pany blog and only update it once every few months, you’re not going to break any ground. It’s almost like not hav­ing one. It’s good eti­quette to respond to reader com­ments, as well. Acknowl­edge their input.

These are just a few exam­ples with the main social media titans, but the prin­ci­ples apply any­where. Social media can be a ton of fun and a great mar­ket­ing tool for busi­nesses, but it can also make you look bor­ing, snobby and non­pro­gres­sive if you don’t make an effort to inter­act. So you might want to get that nose out of the air.

Source: Roswell­Patch

Writ­ten By: Deena Spell