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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Check Out These 26 Social Media Etiquette Users Of Social Media Should Know (By Omobabinrin Adeola Osideko)

You may never be in a position to lose your job or business because of a post, but proper online etiquette is critical for many reasons. Your accounts can be visible to people you don’t know, and your posts and shares, once public, are on the record for a long time. 

Your social media presence should inspire pride, not regret, and what you share should stand out from the daily babble.

The Etiquette are listed below:

1. Be positive, be polite, be inspiring
Treat others the way you want to be treated and don’t attack people with pitches. If you need to disagree with someone's opinion do it constructively and in a civil manner, we can not think and act same way and that is the beauty of this world.
Waka pass is also allowed, because some people are being mean online. No matter what you write about, someone out there will hate but when in doubt, let it go. Unless someone’s causing real damage to your reputation, stay out of it or respond with a simple factual response.
2. Use Caution Posting and Tagging Photos
Eating chicken and chip with Omobabinrin and 99 others
Feeling sick in Abuja with Omobabinrin and 99 others
Where how when .. please avoid me
If you’ve got a shot of someone you want to upload, and you’re not trying to embarrass them, reach out to see if they mind you tagging them. Most people want to avoid having their reputation damaged or looking foolish. It should also be noted that personal photos (partying/drinking, vacation in a bikini) are probably best left out of business-related feeds.
3. Be Self-Centered in Small Doses
Even if you understand you’re not the center of the universe, your social media presence could be singing a different tune. Before you post, tweet, or share anything, think about how others might interpret it – will it be perceived as insightful and informative, or crass and boring? This is particularly important if you building Influence
4. Understand That Your Sense of Humor Isn’t Universal
Unless you’re sending a private message, your social media posts reach well beyond your friends and family members. This doesn’t mean you can’t use well-placed humor in your posts – just make sure it’s appropriate.
5. Respond don't React
Celebrity Twitter wars are fun to watch, but avoid getting sucked into your own social media arguments. Be civil in your response, your words and actions can be saved and dredged up down the line.
There are many ways to start a social media spat, from personally responding to a politically tinged Facebook post, to publicly calling someone out for wrongdoing. No matter how the fight starts, it doesn't always end well
6. Avoid Over-Sharing
Your social media feeds shouldn’t read like an inner monologue. Occasionally sharing what you are up to or how awesome dinner was last night is fine. But over-sharing – as in posting your cereal choice every morning – is the quickest way to lose your friends and followers. Even if you don’t use your accounts for professional purposes, your social presence is a big part of your personal brand. You want your brand to be interesting, engaging, and representative of your best characteristics. You don’t want to dilute it with scads of irrelevant posts.
7. Build a Legacy for the Future
Its standard for employers and educational institutions to vet candidates’ social media activity before granting an interview or accepting an application, so be sure that your accounts don’t jeopardize your chances. Remove and un-tag morally or legally questionable photos or better still adjust your tagging settings
Think past the next status update – your social media presence contains years of information about you, and your exposure increases with the digitization of society.

• 8. Give credit: There is nothing like #copied
The original owner no get name?

Dishonesty can have serious personal consequences on your profile, such as using social media to take credit for other people's work

• 9. Inform people before adding them to a group- you never can tell the group values may e conflicting with their personal values and principles

• 10. Avoid using endearment for people you are not familiar with or people you do not have close relationship with "Hello dear, hi sweetie, thanks honey, What's up babe" and the rest should be reserved for your pals and close acquittances

• 11. Go straight to the point when you hit people's inbox.

You: Hello
Me: Hi
You: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning
You: how was your night?

What exactly do you want to say? It's not everybody that have the luxury of time to be exchanging unnecessary pleasantries.

Asides that, there are other better ways to put "how was your night" that it won't sound awkward.

Hey, what is your business about married woman or man's night:

Hope you slept well?
Trust you had a good night rest?
Hope you had a pleasant night rest?
Hope you are fine this morning ?

These 4 above will save you from unnecessary troubles. Write all your pleasantries togehter and send it once and then go straight to the main issue that made you chat me.

• 12. Spell your name well and use a decent profile picture "Hardeolar Oshidekhor" sends a wrong signal about your personality when people see such
Miz Bella Queenex, Don Dee Prixy, Charming miz Pearl.

All these awkward names does not show you are responsible. Yes you may be but it doesn't portray you are. Remember, first impression last longer.

• 13. Stop waving in my inbox. I am not travelling
As much as it may be costly to ignore a wave if it is for good intention, some people have now abused it, waving aimlessly for no good reason.

Use your real name and your real photo- if you cannot trust yourself enough to use your real name and picture then don't expect strangers to trust you either. Some do not even have any Profile picture...I mean it's blank. How on earth will I accept your friend request with a blank profile picture
Using another person's picture sends a very wrong signal
I keep saying people are using social media to make money it all depends on what you want to use yours for

• 15. Be truthful about your profile- you are only sending helper far from you by lying about who you are not. All of you living in Lagos and working in Houston USA I am not saying you are lying oooo I am just pitying you on the money you spend for transport everyday.

Don't pretend to be who you are not even though Social media gives you sense of anonymity. You don't need to reveal all your details but then, don't pretend you are A when in the real sense you are B. 

The day you are unmasked you will be the most stupid person on earth

• 16. Don't approach strangers and ask them to be friends with you just so you can then try to sell them on your products or services. You will quickly lose credibility and your so-called 'friends.'

• 17. Some things are better left private and not shared on Social media....know what to share and what not to share.

The day I saw someone announce her pregnancy, she even post the pregnancy test stick, wrote her LMP ( last menstrual period) and EDD ( expected delivery date)...I was even thinking she was just joking until weeks later I started seeing different posts updating her audience about the pregnancy journey.. that is theq day I know what Jesus meant when he said. IT IS FINISHED

• 18. Get yourself acquainted with people's profile and bio before going inbox to ask them "tell me about yourself". The essence of my profile, cover photo and bio is to give you details about me, but if you now think there are other things you still want to know, you can go ahead and say something like "I have checked your profile and I can see that you live "in the abroad" , can you please tell me more about your experience living there?" This is more reasonable I guess

• 19. Don't put anything on the Internet that you don't want your future boss, current client or potential customers to read. Some people treat their Facebook or Twitter accounts as diaries. But please, for the love of God, don’t share EVERYTHING with your readers. Some things are meant to be kept private and let’s keep it that way.

• 20. Check out the people who want to follow you or be your friend. People will judge you by the company you keep, screen friends request before accepting it, don't just allow anybody into your inner chamber and occasionally screen your friend list and send some unwanted elements away.

After proper screening, I check mutual friends before accepting some friend request, I practically do accept some friends request because I can see we have some mutual friends that I hold in high esteem

• 21. If someone does not want to be your friend, accept their decision gracefully. They have the right to make that choice and you have to accept it.

• 22. Never post when you're overly-tired, jet lagged, intoxicated, angry or upset.

• 23. Compose your posts, updates in a word processing document so you can check grammar and spelling before you send them.

• 24. Interact with people:  If someone replies to your post or tweet, say thanks or start a conversation. Social media, like the name suggests, is a social activity and no one likes to be ignored.

• 21. If someone does not want to be your friend, accept their decision gracefully. They have the right to make that choice and you have to accept it.

• 22. Never post when you're overly-tired, jet lagged, intoxicated, angry or upset.

• 23. Compose your posts, updates in a word processing document so you can check grammar and spelling before you send them.

• 24. Interact with people- If someone replies to your post or tweet, say thanks or start a conversation. Social media, like the name suggests, is a social activity and no one likes to be ignored.

• 25. Take permission before calling people you know from social media, don't just pick your phone and start calling from facebook messenger or Whatsapp....some will even be calling you on video..........like seriously
What happens to "Hello good afternoon, I have some things to discuss with you please can I call you? If yes, please let me know when it is okay to call you"

If I am not very close to you, I mean very close to you I cannot be comfortable talking to you on phone. Generally, I am an 80% chat person and 20% call person. Please always ask before you call to avoid embarrassment

• 26. Be careful what you send to people inbox including pictures, videos and chats. Screenshot has been destroying lives since 1950
Not just to strangers, even you so called friends...what ever you will not want anyone to see, think very well before sending it. Some people are evil and when they want cheap fame or they are broke you may be a victim

Don't say I do not tell you ooooo
Please can you hear me at the back or should I increase the volume

© Omobabinrin Adeola Osideko.

- Omobabirin Adeola Osideko is an award winning individual, Personal Development Coach and an Expert in Personal Branding.

Connect with her on Facebook via: Omobabinrin Adeola Osideko.

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