10 social networking etiquette rules

Today, social networks have become in some ways resemble the wild, wild west: While most of us understand the basic provisions of etiquette in a real relationship, we still need to agree on what kind of behavior is acceptable and what is not in our virtual lives.

Suggest you read, learn, and remember 10 major rules of how to behave in the online space. And together we can get out social media of slander cesspool, trolling and vulgarity.

1. Do not tell your friends too much

Social networks “open” a window into the lives of our friends and sometimes, this window shows us much more than we want to see. All your friends don’t need to know every step of your child, all the details of your diet, hygiene, what are you doing in the bathroom, gym or in cinema. Leave a little personal space for yourself.

Do not tell too much

2. Do not turn your personal page into own platform

If you like writing pretentious speech, pouring your political, moral, and personal views, you may soon lose your friends, you become an evangelist.

The rule is: if your friends and family do not want to listen to your words about anything personally, they probably will not want to read about it on your page in social networks. And translating each comment into the mainstream of their beliefs, you run the risk of being ignored.

3. Do not turn social network into the book of complaints

Virtual killjoy is much better than virtual preacher – person using Facebook, Twitter or Google+ instead of therapist. Complaining about work from time to time – is acceptable. But constant negative to you friend – not the best way.

book of complaints

4. Don’t send your friends news interesting just for you

Believe, your friends and family are happy you know how football team played tonight, or what clothes actors appeared at festival, but if they are really interested, they will subscribe to websites of their idols.

Don’t send your friends news interesting just for you

5. Don’t feel inspirer

Sometimes it’s interesting to find fun fact shared by one of your friends. But constant reading passages of great scientists, philosophers, wise women and successful businessmen are unlikely to inspire someone to do something useful, in addition to unsubscribe from your friend’s updates.

Shared by your friends

6. Don’t make the number of friends an obsession

Believe me, in this case, size really is not important! If you ask people to add you as a friend, you have achieved a beautiful figure, or use special programs to increase the number of friends or Likes, it seems that you are trying by these figures compensate the lack of something.

7. Don’t imagine yourself an expert of social networks

Signs of “expert on social media” in the fatty quotes – this is spamming their strongest skills to promote social networking, using social media to discuss SEO, SMO and SMM and trying to start a discussion, using template questions to readers.

Another feature – the use of jargon at every step of social networks and inserting hash tags to each word in their statuses and tweets.

8. Limit automatic messages on social networks

Perhaps, there is nothing more annoying than post on your wall that one of your friends reached a new level in the game, or ask for help, inviting to be a farmer, or a builder, or a celebrity, or God forbid, a prisoner. Another type of automatic sharing – are cross-entries from one social network to another. Your friends already know that you check in Foursquare, retweeted Justin Bieber etc. Why duplicate it in all your profiles?

Limit automatic messages

9. Don’t write a phrase whose meaning is clear only to you

When you write: “Wow,” hoping that all your friends will show unprecedented interest in your person, trying to find out what happened, there is no guarantee that this does happen, your readers will likely ignore you, without understanding what that phrase meant.

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Social networks – not a personal diary. If you want to share something with your friends, do it so that they understand you. The first step in this direction – less abbreviations.

10. Don’t post photos that your friends will be well pleased to see

It is better to refrain from posting “kissing” photos that you shoot yourself, and a photo of the naked body.

Don’t post photos that pleased to see

If you try to “sin no more” on social networks, following the rules, very soon your charisma and personality will do the job, and you’ll have many quality friendships.

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