Social Media Etiquette

by Martha Giffen

Your Momma taught you good manners, right?  You know how to behave in public, right?

How about your social media skills?  Need a little help in the etiquette department?

Whaaat?  There’s an etiquette department?

There is and you need to master it.  Think about it this way:  Social media is nothing more than networking.  Period.

When you are networking, do you interrupt conversations, interject your services into an off-topic subject, or be downright rude and monopolize a conversation?

Of course not!

Social media is exactly the same!

When engaging in Twitter conversations, stay in the moment with what’s being said.  Don’t feel the need to interject with your newest and latest product.  When on LinkedIn, kindly give recommendations to help others grow their business, without feeling the need to toot your own horn.  On Facebook, same thing.  If there is a conversation thread going on, don’t bulldoze your way in by screaming about your wonderful product.

It doesn’t work in offline networking and it doesn’t work with online social media.

Some call it “high-jacking”. . . . .

When you inject yourself into a conversation off-topic with the desire to pull the attention to yourself, some call that “high-jacking.”  As in, “She’s high-jacking this thread.”  Which really means somebody came in and tried to divert the conversation to something in their interest.  Not cool.

You know your manners.

Behave out there!



 Social Media Etiquette

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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