Social Media Etiquette
Social Media Etiquette which falls under ‘Netiquette’ is relevant now more than ever, especially with our increased online interactions.
Here are a few pointers on netiquette in today’s digital age.
- With the advance in technology (particularly the surge in social media), a lot of people feel an entitlement to air their opinion even if it is rude. If you cannot say something to someone face-to-face, then you should not say it online and remember ‘do unto others as you will have them do unto you’.
- What you say and do online can have consequences tomorrow. Be very careful where you comment and what you write. A lot of people have lost job opportunities due to their online activity. Recruiters scout online and a lot can be found out about a person, particularly if they have public profiles on social media platforms.
- Social media should not be an outlet to vent your anger. If you see something you do not like, take time out or just keep scrolling. This could save you a lot of hassle later on.
- Inform people before you tag them in a photo i.e. on Facebook. Not everyone appreciates being tagged in pictures, especially if they do not want to reveal some aspects of their personal life online.
- Do not feel obliged to stay friends with someone who you no longer feel connected or have begun to post inappropriate content that you disapprove of.
- If you are writing an e-mail to a group of people outside of work, you must respect their privacy particularly if they do not know each other and opt to use the ‘Blind Carbon Copy – BCC’ setting for all the e-mail addresses. This prevents other members of the group having access to people’s e-mail addresses. Even if they all know each other, it is still good practice to get clearance from everyone as to whether or not they want their e-mail addresses revealed.
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