Social Media Etiquette

The Internet makes people feel they have a free pass for being rude because many people lack social media etiquette.

We ignore people, don’t say thank you for compliments, stop using manners, type like we are in 1st grade, lack of grammar, lack of kindness etc

Social Media Etiquette Needs To Improve

social media etiquetteThe Internet is such an amazing resource. It allows us to quickly find out information,  reconnect with old friends, find discounts and deals, and order many items we need. But do you ever feel it has also ruined us as a society? Many people have a lack of social media etiquette. As a small business owner, I personally love the Internet, but I’ve noticed it’s given people a free pass to throw their manners out the window!

Recently I gave someone a compliment, they didn’t even say thank you!!

I invited someone to a Birthday Party, they didn’t even respond!

I had an appointment for an interview for someone to work with me, they didn’t answer the phone or respond to my email!

I messaged a friend asking if I could help her promote her new business, no response! Not even a “thank you for the offer to help”

I was asked to offer assistance at an event, I responded saying I would be happy to help and what were the details, no response!

I had someone email me their resume and when we set up a time to chat, they didn’t respond.

I shared someone’s new business to over 45,000 fans, they didn’t even bother to thank me!

No social media etiquette!

I’m completely astounded by the lack of manners people show when it comes to the Internet. The same manners we use in person, need to be present online too! If your friend walked up to you at a store and said “You look gorgeous today” you wouldn’t turn and walk away, you would say THANK YOU!

If you called and invited a friend to a party, she wouldn’t hang up on you, she would say yes or no….not completely ignore you!

If you had requested information about a job, you would say THANK YOU for the application, use proper grammar, and show up on time to your interview.

The Internet is not a free pass to be rude and use the grammar and spelling of a 1st grader. We need to make sure we utilize the internet to our advantage and still use social media etiquette. The internet is an opportunity to reconnect, build relationships, and find amazing opportunities. Not be rude and show a lack of manners! I know for a fact you wouldn’t ignore someone if they walked up to you, so don’t do it on the Internet! Even if it’s a friend being annoying and asking you to check out their new magic product, a simple “no thank you” works great. Ignoring them is just rude! Use social media etiquette, most of us know what that is.

Remember, treat communication on the Internet the same as you would in person and you will see your relationships improve and find new amazing opportunities! Social media etiquette requires the exact same manners you were taught as child and use in person!

Job tip: If you apply for a job and do not use proper grammar, are rude, or don’t show up for your appointment….you just blew that job. Be professional even in your pj’s!


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  1. says

    I love this. I know sometimes I forget to respond, but have been making a more concentrated effort to get back to basics with just being kind. Doing what you would want someone to do for you type of thing.


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