With all the talk of Twitter and Facebook and being careful of what you post on the Internet, I figure why not blog about Social Media Netiquette. Netiqutte is basically the way you should and should not behave on the Internet. Social Media Netiquette takes it one step further and talks about what you should not do on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs.
I recently learned about Netiquette in a communication class I am taking but it never really brought up the idea of netiquette for social media, email yes, but Twitter no. I did some searching on Google and come upon a post by Chris Brogan titled Etiquette in the Age of Social Media. Now, his post was based strictly on his own opinion, but it got me thinking that my communication class needs updated course material.
Some of his posts about Twitter Etiquette include:
- I’m personally not fond of long @ conversations. Not sure your take, but to me, something over 3 @ messages back and forth might be best suited in a DM or into email.
- If you don’t have much to say, it’s okay not to say it.
- An @ message at the beginning of a post shows up in replies. Further in, it doesn’t.
- It’s okay to promote yourself. Just consider promoting some other folks, too. Mix it up a bit.
- You’re not obligated to friend everyone back. Some people use Twitter differently.
- Removing someone as a Twitter friend doesn’t (necessarily) reflect on how you feel on them as a person. It’s okay.
Again, these are just his opinion but some of it makes sense. He has 28 trackback links from other bloggers who read his post and started thinking about other rules that could contribute to his. One I would add to the list that we talked about in class this past week is do not set up your Twitter to automatically follow people as this could be considered creepy in the Twitter world.
Take a peek at his blog and some of the trackback links he has at the bottom of the post. Can you think of any other rules that might be a good addition to Social Media Netiquette?