Lisa Larter - CSO, eWomenSocial Advantage

 

By Lisa Larter

Social Media etiquette seems to be a hot button topic these days. Every time you turn around there is a new scandal surrounding Social Media. The most recent was HMV’s Twitter debacle after a major downsizing.

I have always been a firm believer in not posting something online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a giant billboard with your name and photo attached. It is basically the same thing, except the billboard would have a much smaller reach.

In this technology filled world today, one post, tweet, comment or picture can literally make or break you. It can cost you friends, relationships, clients, even your job.

Recently, Sandra and I both posed similar questions on Facebook asking how people feel about someone who uses a lot of profanity or is constantly negative in their online posts and comments. The response was generally the same – don’t do it. I even created a blog post on my own site surrounding the feedback we received. You can read it here.
Profanity and Negativity on Social Media
Here are some guidelines that can help you stay on the right track on Social Media:

  1. Don’t use defamatory, offensive, racist, sexist or profane language on social media. If it isn’t appropriate at a business meeting, it isn’t appropriate here.
  2. Don’t share inappropriate images, meme’s, or posts from others on your account – it makes you look bad, even if you didn’t come up with it.
  3. Change your privacy settings so you can control who sees what and what images you are tagged in can be shared by others.
  4. Stay positive. We all know everything isn’t sunshine and rainbows all the time but ranting about your job, a client you’re frustrated with or a boss that you are butting heads with will hurt you in the long run.

What are your thoughts on negativity and profanity on Social Media? Share in the comments below!