Social Media e-TEA-quette

Etiquette is tricky business, and tea drinkers seem especially concerned about it, with good reason. Good etiquette makes things more pleasant and avoids annoyance and stepping on someone’s toes. This goes equally for the time we spend on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as on blogs.

Posting photos is a wonderful feature on social media and blogs. A few simple things to keep in mind:

  • Respect copyrights by not posting items to which you are not the copyright holder.
  • Respect the people in the photos you post by getting their “ok” before posting (bear in mind that anything you post these days can be easily shared and/or copied). An exception here might be when you use a photo from a site that is “open content.”
  • Facebook has a feature that allows you to tag photos with the names of the people in them. Avoid using this feature just to alert people of the photo. It’s not very flattering to be tagged as a pair of pants, etc.!

Some etiquette for Twitter:

  • Keep it fun, or if you must rant, keep it short
  • Don’t hide behind some weird name and avatar image, pretending to be a simple tweeter when you are really a professional marketer
  • Watch your wording; English can be tricky, and you only have 140 characters in which to convey a thought
  • When people put out a follow tweet for you, a nice “thank you tweet” and some reciprocation is always good manners.

Some etiquette for blogs:

  • If someone posts an item about a new product you have to help you promote it, a quick “thank you,” either in an email, a tweet on Twitter, or a message in Facebook is a good idea.
  • When commenting on someone’s blog, make it meaningful and not just a brief remark so you can include a link back to your own blog or online store. It always tends to be pretty obvious when someone does this.

Of course, these are just a few things that came to my mind. You may have more suggestions. Feel free to pass them along by submitting a comment here. Good suggestions will be posted.


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