Social Media junkies take heed : this article will likely call into question at least one of your Social Media habits. I know it did mine.
In Ye olde internet days, we systematically deleted our browsing history, only provided our email address when actually requested, and thought twice about what we typed into a search engine, lest someone find out what we were searching for.
We were much more cautious about our use of the internet, and our presence on the social media platforms of early days (think web-based chat rooms, MIRC and the like).
Ever since Social Media took over the world, in a manner of speaking, caution has been thrown to the wind, and we’ve become far more blasé with our online image, persona, and presence in general.
As our lives play out more and more on Social Media platforms, it’s important to take stock and remember how we did it back in ye olde internet days. And that’s where this article can help. A kind of Social Media Etiquette guide, in 5 simple steps.
- Grammar. English teachers, Editors and general grammar freaks the world over cringe whenever they read a Facebook status update or a Tweet. Seriously, there is no excuse in auto-correct and spell checker times, to mistake too for to, and were for where. Don’t even get me started on there/their/they’re.
- STOP SHOUTING. Caps equals shouting. Universal. Don’t do it unless you’re intending to come off all ranty and manic.
- Keep it to yourself. Not everything warrants a Facebook status update. Stop clogging up feeds with frequent and unnecessary posts about your breakfast, hair style dilemma, broken hearted newly single status, arguments, or drunken antics. Especially not when you can’t stop at one update. Serial Status Updating is becoming an epidemic worthy of United Nations intervention, I’m just saying.
- Enuf txt spk, k? Save it for texting. Use the whole range of letters the alphabet affords if you’re doing anything other than texting. Occasional text speak Tweets also acceptable if required for the 140 character or less confines of Twitter.
- Look at me! But we don’t want to anymore, so enough of the angled iPhone head-shots. Also, “before and after” style self-portraits are not your friend. The pic you take, posing and pouty, before your night out, does not equal the pic you take, attempting to pose and pout, at the end of your night out. Also applies to images of pets and cars.