One Thing You Should Never Do When You’re Using Social Media

shoutingSay you walk into a room full of people. It’s an event, or a party of some kind.

What’s the first thing you do?

Would you loudly announce yourself? Start thumping your chest and bellowing, “I sing a song of myself!”

Probably not (well, hopefully not!).

No, instead you listen, smile, maybe try the dip.

Right?

So, why do anything differently online?

When you join a forum or a Ning group, listen for a while. Introduce yourself. Comment (politely) on some ongoing discussions and conversations. Offer useful advice to people who are looking for help.

Don’t yell. Don’t spam. Don’t be “that guy.” You know, the one with the loud voice, who goes on and on about himself.

Nobody wants to hear a monologue, unless it’s Jon Stewart’s. Even comedians stop and listen for feedback (is the audience laughing and smiling or throwing rotten veggies?).

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5 thoughts on “One Thing You Should Never Do When You’re Using Social Media

  1. You’re absolutely right. There are a lot of people who just come out with guns blazing and try to make an impact. You must first feel the air and only after that you should think about participating.
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  2. Yeah this is pretty much the mistake everybody makes at the start! You see them come on to twitter or whatever platform it is they are on and just start screaming about their special deals and how you should be buying from them! This is just not how it works in real life and social media is only really an extension of real life anyway but online so you pretty much just need to have the same manners online that you would offline :)

  3. Nicely put, Jodi. :-)
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  4. Looks like I struck a chord!

    @Blog Guide: Guns blazing is right. The trouble with all those guns is you might hurt someone.

    @Susan: Thanks!

    @Niall: Manners are always welcome. It’s funny how people forget that when they’re online.

    @Mary Louise: Thanks for the kudos.