Social Media Netiquette

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?

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5 Responses to Social Media Netiquette

  1. viancavv says:

    I think netiquette is applicable to any social media network…or any professional, user-friendly website for that matter. I think it would be interesting to consider netiquette in comments posted on blog or news sites especially. All too often I notice people feel compelled to comment on the topic at hand (with blogs or articles) but they don’t seem to know how to appropriately express their opinion. Just because everyone won’t necessarily know who you are doesnt’ mean you can completely disregard respectful conversations. I like the term…never heard it before 🙂

  2. jejepson says:

    I agree that netiquette is something that is very important not only in a personal setting, but in a professional one as well. I often find it appalling when people don’t have common courtesy on the internet and don’t understand the basics of netiquette. I also think that people need to not only apply netiquette to applications such as Twitter or Facebook, but also to blogging, posting, email etc. Just because you cannot see the person or group of people face to face, that does not give you the right to completely disregard your manners.

  3. kristenih says:

    I have personally never heard of the term either, but I think that it is a very good concept with the emergence and popularity of social networking. i think that one of things that should be included (and sort of is in the list above) is that it is ok to not post your every move on twitter. If you don’t have much to say then it’s ok to skip those 5 minutes till you have something worth mentioning. Don’t feel up your followers page with what you ate for lunch. I think Twitter is a great way to get and share ideas and thoughts even events, but one needs to know where to draw the line.

  4. lmdavis2 says:

    I have never heard of this either. I definitely think its a good idea to monitor your internet lingo and reputation. You never know who is watching you or reading what you post, your online reputation is just as important if not more than your workforce reputation.

    More and more people network online, making it very important to build a good reputation. However, you don’t want to annoy people by sending them millions of tweets or @ replies. Choose wisely in the conversations you choose to be apart of.

  5. Mickey Siegel says:

    I definitely agree with the comments by Chris Brogan and to go a step further, I really don’t think there is a need for cussing on twitter or in formal blogs. I think people really do themselves a great disservice when the cuss and it just looks poorly on themselves. To go a step further, here is a fantastic site where you can see how many times certain people have cussed on twitter:

    Congrats Dr. Gilpin, you “swear like a mute.”

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