Social media has been up for years. And it dynamically evolves over time. These days seem like you feel incomplete without posting on your Facebook or Twitter timeline. Though this is applicable to 1.8 billion social network users according to a research. I accept and refuse social media at the same time. On one hand, social media serves convenience and affordability. It gives ways and opportunities. It connects many lives. On the other, social media may cause fraud and invasion of privacy. It may distort standards and beliefs. It endangered face-to-face connection. Fortunately, I was able to take part in a discussion about digital marketing where part of it pointed out the effective ways to use social media. Such ways are helpful to know how to deal with people online. It’s essential that you understand social media basics. Putting up with these 5 tips will guide you to proper social media etiquette.
1. Listen before you talk.
“Less talk, less mistakes.”
Words are powerful. You should know when to keep your mouth shut and when to speak up. Learn from other people. Upon hearing their side, only then you can make your judgement and add value than to mess their lives.
2. Observe before you engage.
“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”
The idea about this is like buying a new phone. You don’t buy it right away by just looking at its design. You compute for your total expenses prior to purchasing the product. You decide whether it suits your needs. You look for its features, quality, and all. Before you engage yourself, since many people tend to settle quickly, it’s important to listen and observe first.
3. Dress to impress.
“The way we dress affects the way we think, feel, act, and the way others react.”
Don’t be too personal in social media. You also have to consider your readers. What are the things you have that could help, inspire, or entertain them? It’s not always about you. Most of the time, it’s about something you have for them. But when dealing with people, always remember to stay confident and comfortable with yourself.
4. Share your thoughts. Never brag!
“Be as kind and considerate to others as you would expect them to be to you.”
After you listen, give feedback. Let your voice be heard. Share the things you’d like to share that is relevant. But give them time to speak for themselves.
“If you don’t ask, the answer is already ‘no’.”
When you have your goals, don’t limit yourself to work with what you have. Learn something else. Explore. You can always get better. I have my flaws in using social media. And to be honest, I mess things up like every other day. Upon knowing these tips from Jed Herradura and Karl Salazar, I was able to correct some of my bad habits. Learning such ways is not comprehensive. And there are more tips you can find as you browse the web. But do bear repeating. Whether you are interacting with people online, things are almost the same in presenting yourself.