What are some dos and don’ts of social media behavior and etiquette?

Social media is seen as a digital computer-based platform technology that helps in the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through the building of virtual networks and communities. People engage themselves with social media via the use of smartphones, tablets, or computers through which they share social media photos, videos, write-ups, and even business posts.

Social media is presently the trendiest place to find stuff, news, fashion, music, and indeed the latest in politics across the world. It is described by some as a local village square where people come together, but in this sense, it’s a global village square. As with any community, in the village square, some conducts are acceptable and some that are not.

Some acceptable social media behavior and etiquettes
Many people have posited different mannerisms and behaviors as right or wrong. You can read what others are saying about social media etiquette on discussion websites like ReviewsBird.com. Some of the acceptable behavior include:

Don’t only respond, initiate
Most people find it difficult to initiate a chat. They’re not engaging in conversation and even when someone slides into their direct messages (DM) with a message like “how are you” they simply respond, “fine”. No further chat or reciprocity makes the conversation one-sided and kills it in the long run. This is one thing social media users should learn to do. Do not just be at the receiving end of chats, try initiating one.

Reply messages quick
Social media thrives on instant communication, so leaving messages without replying (especially after reading), or acknowledging receipt is considered bad manners. Replying messages promptly shows signs of seriousness and even professionalism, especially for those who use social media for their businesses. Prompt answers will likely drive more customers your way.

Post relevant contents
The media never forgets’ is not just a cliche. This saying is true, borne out of experiences of people who have posted or said something on social media which cast them in poor lights when the past comments resurfaced or were dug out online. The internet is easily accessible and has an abundance of storage capacity, so think twice before you post something your future self will regret. Instead, concentrate on posting relevant content that stimulates growth and fosters unity.

Cite or Link sources
People copy posts, pictures, and videos of others and post on their timeline as theirs. This is simply plagiarism. Thus, you should always cite the sources or links or a person’s name from where you got any content. If it is a written post, you should mention the person from whom you copied the post.

Don’t claim to be someone you’re not
Social media has been rightly described as a place of pretense because of the anonymity that it gives. It is easy to project a different personality than who one is in reality. Some people thrive on this false perception, but in the long run, it can cause a disaster that will make such people look like fraudsters.

We have been taught social etiquettes, table etiquettes, school etiquettes, and so on. Everywhere has its etiquettes which are designed to keep us in check and ensure we behave our best, and social media etiquettes are not left out.

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