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Social media etiquette

Don't be that person.


Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in life


"So over sharing in general is just frowned upon"

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Sometimes it might feel like if it hasn't been recorded via social media, it hasn't actually happened but that's just not the case. And there's a fine line somewhere between sharing with your friends online and living your life on social media so here are some tips to keeping cool under the scrutiny of the interweb!

  • Check ins! You really don’t have to check-in at home, at bed, at the wherever, every couple hours. Aside from the fact that you’re opening yourself up to get a stalker, it will just annoy your friends/followers.
  • Personal info. Similarly to checking in all the time, not everyone will want to know what you’ve had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like TMI.
  • So over sharing in general is just frowned upon. 
  • Don’t bad mouth people. Complaining about work or teachers or ‘friends’ without saying their name but giving so much detail away that it’s blatantly obvious who you’re talking about is silly. You’ll look rather moany and it could come back to haunt you.
  • Friends/followers. If you wouldn’t say hello to them on the street why do you want them to see your sun holiday pics? Keep the friending on Facebook to people you actually know. Twitter is a whole different kettle of fish, so you can follow whoever interests you but know that you won’t gain too many followers if you do any of the things mentioned above (ie oversharing), it’s not FB for a reason.
  • Game sharing. Don’t harass people with invites to Farmville and mafia wars, I imagine it will be the start to many an unfriending.
  • Linking social media accounts. This is a personal pet peeve and everyone is different but posting your Instagram pics on Twitter can be annoying. Lots of people *cough cough* don’t like clicking lots of links so just post direct to one or the other. I’ll follow you on Instagram if I want to look at you walking your dog, cuddling your cat or what you’re having for dinner.
  • Similarly, linking your Facebook account to your LinkedIn is probably a bad idea…. don’t think I need to explain that one!
  • Selfies. Relax, two in a day is two too many. End of. Unless it's Snapchat, then the sky is the limit.
  • Trolls. Don’t engage with them, block/delete/report etc., and keep it between ye. Don’t include all your followers in your retweets of what so and so has said about you, it only encourages them. 
  • Don’t #overuse# #hashtags. Using a # for every third word just makes it really hard to read a status or tweet. They’re used for following a thread of discussion, not to say your dinner was #yum.

Have you got any social media pet peeves? Tweet us yours @SpunOut!

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Published July 12th, 2013
Last updated February 20th, 2017
Tags social media social networking
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