Have You Got Bad Social Media Manners?

Published: February 18, 2016
By: Faye Hollands

Why is it that so many people seem to forget their manners when it comes to social media?  There’s no reason why a computer screen should effect your P’s and Q’s, so if you’re using social media in your career, business or life,  take a moment now to make sure you’re not falling foul of social media etiquette…

I’m a big fan of social media – it’s helped me grow my business exponentially, but most importantly it’s allowed me to connect with some truly inspiring and knowledgeable people that I might not have otherwise had the opportunity to ‘meet’ or interact with.

But what I hate is the fact that some people seem to think that because we’re interacting through a computer their basic social skills can go out the window.  And the worrying thing is that by doing that the culprits might inadvertently be damaging their reputation and personal brand, especially when it comes to professional networking.

Tools like LinkedIn and Facebook make it incredibly easy to get in contact with new people.  But if you’re lazy and simply hit the send button when you put in a friend or connection request – and that person doesn’t know you – the first thought that recipient might have of you is “who the hell are you” or “why are you contacting me”.  Not quite the same positive first-impression most people aim for!  And the shame is that it only takes a few minutes to write a short, friendly message introducing yourself and the reason for getting in contact.

The benefit of putting in that extra second or two can make the difference between whether your invite is accepted or not, and ultimately how successful you are in building up a strong network.

The bare-basics of communication should never be forgotten when you are conversing with people in cyberspace.  Here are three rules I like to stick by when it comes to social media: –

  1. Always introduce yourself and explain why you are contacting a complete stranger
  2. Watch your P’s & Q’s – please and thank-you never go out of fashion so use them, regularly!
  3. Build relationships and make them a win-win for all involved – spamming, whether via email or social media, is NOT acceptable

So go ahead, send me an invite on Facebook or LinkedIn today if we’re not already connected and make a great first impression – I always accept genuine invites, and I love that feeling when you get a request from someone who has put thought and effort into the way they communicate with you.  Remember – words create our world!

Have you had a bad experience with social media and manners?  Post a comment below and let me know…

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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