What are your thoughts on social media etiquette?

This is something that has been bothering me for a while. Social Media is getting bigger and bigger but etiquette seems to be getting lost in the excitement.

Whether it is for business or personal use on Facebook or Twitter there should still be manners and respect. I’ve put a few of my bugbears below, do you agree?

Twitter @MushroomSouffle

Do you want followers? Then complete your profile, tell us a little bit about you, it’s only 160 characters and I won’t follow you back if I can’t see anything that interests me.

Offensive Spam
Do you really think that by aiming a tweet at me with a link to a porn site that you are going to gain business? Had you taken the time to look at my profile you will not find anything there that indicates I might be interested. I don’t swear, I don’t talk dirty and I don’t post any raunchy photos (sorry guys). How can you possibly think I won’t click on “report as spammer” and block you? Go and do something worthwhile with your time and stop wasting mine.

Sales Tweets
Just because my tweet contained a reference to archiving business papers it does not mean I need a deluge of tweets offering me storage space or storage boxes. If I actually need them I will find them myself or ask. Generally my tweets are about helping others with admin and social media not a call out to be sold to.

Facebook Business Page

Do not LIKE our page and then post FREE ADVERTISING WITH US IF YOU….. on our Page. We consider this to be spam as unwanted. You have only connected with us to post on our wall. We are not that desperate for fans that we will not report your post and block you.

Promoting your Page
This is one I’m quite stuck on. Is it OK to post a link to your Page on our Page without asking our permission first? If I don’t know your business or you I’m not sure we want it on our Page because it may look as though we recommend you when I know nothing about you. Build a relationship with us and it’s a whole new ball game! I have and will carry on deleting these posts.

Keep it Business
This is my BUSINESS Page which I tend to take fairly seriously. It is not a playground for personal friends to post personal messages, that’s what a profile is for. I do not want our page fans to know that you are free to feed the cats whilst I’m on holiday or ask what I am wearing to Clare’s fancy dress party…On the other hand please ask questions that relate to services that we provide 🙂

Facebook Profiles

Are you into the games available such as Farmville or Cafe World, (these are old ones I know but I can’t think of any others because I’ve blocked them all!)? Maybe not everyone on your friend list wants to receive the invitations…constantly. Most Facebook users have friends that they don’t actually communicate with, it’s just nice to know they are there but if you can’t be bothered to send a message to say “hi, how are you?” what makes you think they want the crap stuff?

Friend Requests
Do I know you? If not and you’ve sent me a friend request I would like a personal message as to why I should accept. Having mutual friends does not automatically mean I want to let you into seeing my personal details. This applies even more so to my LinkedIn profile!! I use LinkedIn to recommend people and services that I know and don’t connect with people I have never met unless there’s a good reason in their message to do so.

This is called “social” media for a reason, it’s about building relationships not spamming or going on the hard sell. I am genuinely interested in what you think too. What have I missed out? Leave a comment below…

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About Sarah Fletcher

Founder of Mushroom Soufflé - Social Media Magic. Public Speaker on Social Media Magic. Social Media Magic Training, Strategy and Management boosting your brand, productivity and effectiveness. Lover of street dance, food, all things purple, social media and life in general! Follow me on Twitter too @MushroomSouffle! www.mushroom-souffle.co.uk
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