Social Media Etiquette

Greetings Good People,

I wanted to address a topic that most of us are aware of but only a few of us truly understand, Social Media Etiquette.

To get started, I want to share a story with you all (I love stories, by the way). Awhile back, I shared my thoughts on the very controversial case regarding Bill Cosby. I won’t go into detail about what I said, mainly because I can’t remember verbatim, but my post infused so much heat on me that my character was questioned. After logging off and feeling like the ultimate DC villain, I reached out to a friend of mine who confirmed that my views didn’t spark the backlash, but the way I posted them did. Which brings me to today.

My fellow followers, please be careful about what you share on the Internet. These social media sites are awesome because they can help expand your personal/professional brand and network. However, posting the wrong thing can also tarnish it, and whatever we post can potentially float around on the Internet FOREVER (Sandlot voice).

This leads me to cyber bullying.

I’m convinced that a lot people online either don’t have a full-time job, any moral values, or someone to hug them at night because there’s no need for cyber bullying. If you’re unsure about whether you’re cyber bullying or not, then read the list below.

  1. You purposely go to a celebrity/public figure’s page to make fun of their attire, aesthetics, artistry, career, family, and etc.
  2. You’re the first one to jump into a social media debate that didn’t involve you and name call to compensate for your lack of knowledge on the topic.
  3. You sub-post obscene comments about a fellow follower/(s) with the intent that they will see it.
  4. You post eon-long rants about someone’s opposing views, defaming their character in the process.
  5. You post more than 3 “selfies” of yourself daily. How is this bullying? It’s disrespectful to those of us who pretend to be humble online, that’s how.

I’m sure there’s more, so feel free to share in the comments below. All in all, please be careful about what you post on the Internet, how you address people you’ve never met personally, and how you respond to things that may not even require a response. Your personal brand depends on it.

Until Next Time…

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