Social Media Etiquette is the formal rules, correct or polite behaviours among people on various social media platforms.
A lot of people have failed to take note of these behaviors either because they’re not conversant with them or they think tget don’t matter.
It is quite surprising to see a lot of people lack the knowledge of the harm this is causing them. It makes you look mannerless and paints your personality ‘black’.
Social Media is not a platform that you can do anyhow or say things anyhow. It also requires courtesy to be able to build strong and healthy relationships.
Now we’ll be looking into some of the Social Media Etiquettes that when adopted will help you and not only you, but people around you.
Let dig in…
USE YOUR REAL NAME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
A lot of people will be like; ‘Does it matter what name I decide to use?’ It matters a great deal!
If anyone is looking for you for anything and is unable to reach you physically or through the phone, the next thing they do is to search for you Social Media with your name. If you’re Nwafor Blessing and you’re using Bless B., no one will be able to connect with you. It’ll make it very difficult unless you tell them your username or add them yourself.
Using your name as your username makes you pose like a matured somebody. Most matured people want to deal with matured souls like themselves. No one is ready to settle with a baby or an unserious person.
USE YOUR PICTURE AS YOUR PROFILE PICTURE
Don’t be deceived; people want to see the person they are dealing with. Not all your friends on social media will know you personally so in order for them to be convinced about you, use your picture.
I see a lot of people making use of various quotes, Bible verses, and comic pictures as their profile picture and I laugh because they do not understand what they are doing. It’s good to be a Christian, music lover, quotes lover and what have you but, making use of your picture makes people perceive you like a Pro.
And don’t use any type of picture, use a clear picture. Use a professional picture of yourself that is attractive.
If you are married, you can use your husband and children as your ‘Cover picture’. If you are into any business, you can design a slide for it and use it as your ‘Cover picture’.
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR PROFILE
After checking out your name and pictures, the next thing a person sending you a friend request or accepting your friend request will check is what you do. Describe them: if you are a Writer, Emotional Coach, Brand Ambassador, Student, Doctor, etc., tell us in your profile. It’ll help in making people connect more with you when they need the services you offer.
Don’t go around putting “I’m a daughter of Zion” etc. when you’re supposed to tell us what you do. If you actually want to do that, write ‘A Christian’ with the services you render. And remember to always be sincere when doing that, don’t put what you are not in your profile.
INRODUCE YOURSELF TO A NEW FRIEND FIRST BEFORE INITIATING ANY CONVERSATION
A lot of people are making a huge mistake with the way they initiate their conversion with someone they’re just meeting for the first time on social media. Some start with “Hi, Hello!, How are you doing?” and the likes without including their introduction. They have forgotten they are making themselves look like jokers and unserious people.
Introduce yourself to the other person; no one is ready to talk with an unserious fellow who’ll only waste their time typing irrelevant words.
Let’s take this for instance, if I’m chatting you up for the first time, I won’t start with ‘Hi’, I’ll start like this;
Good morning Sir/Ma.
I am Nwafor Blessing, a Fictional Writer, Copywriter, Proofreader, Video Animator, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker.
I saw your content (or anything that made you add such person) and I love what you do and would want to learn from you ma/sir.
If you act like a Pro, no one will treat you like trash. Be professional in your dealings with people.
STOP USING ENDEARMENT FOR SOMEONE YOU HAVE NO CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH
A lot of professionals complain of people coming to their DM to use various kinds of endearments for them when they’re just getting to know each other. Are you one of those people? Stop it today!
Can you use ‘Dear’ for someone you are just meeting for the first time physically? Of course not! If you so much like using endearment for people, wait until you have established a close relationship with them. Sometimes I correct people I can about this when they make such mistakes but how much time do I have to beep doing that daily?
You cannot be using ‘Dear, Honey, Sweetie, Baby’, etc. and expect such a person to take you serious. They will read your messages and scroll away, they can’t keep wasting their precious time replying to such messages, they are not that idle to be doing so.
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I still remain,