Written by Alli Price
Another day, another post on my Facebook page that I have to hide. I don’t know about you but I swing between understanding and exasperation at the constant spamming on my business page. I am forever wondering how people don’t get the etiquette of social media and what can be the best way of explaining it as the message doesn’t seem to be getting through.
Then it occurred to me – as this is a virtual world there aren’t the repercussions that exist in the real world. I am sure that most of the people who’s posts I am hiding are completely unaware of what’s happening (in fact, I’m sure they are as they keep posting anyway!). And don’t we just unfollow or unlike if they get too much? And even if they’re aware of this change, they’re not sure why and so they just keep going on their merry spamming way.
So, how to change this? Let people know that they should relate this virtual world to the real world. With this one simple piece of information, even if they’re unsure of the rules they should be able to divine them. Here are a few examples:
- Think of someone’s Facebook business page as their physical business. Would you just go in and put up your business flyers or would you ask first?
- Think of Twitter as a massive networking event. Would you just walk in and yell out that you have a sale on or would you get to know people first?
- Think of Linkedin Groups as a mastermind group. Wouldn’t you find out the do’s and don’ts of the group before interacting?
- Think of your blog as your fave magazine. Which do you spend time reading? All the ads or the informative and interesting articles?
Hopefully by following this simple rule, although you can’t easily see the outcome of your social media actions you can do your best to make sure they are positive.