Social Media User Guidelines
Social Media: Top Ten User Guidelines
- Be yourself: Use a tone of voice that best portrays you and your personality. Be transparent and honest about yourself. Use your real name and discretion when sharing personal details. Protect yourself and your privacy.
- Open dialogue: When you are in a social networking environment, it is important to remain open-minded. You want to have a free exchange of ideas; people do not want to work with those who are stubborn.
- Be honest and truthful: Since the explosion of social networking, employers are more internet savvy and can spot red flags more easily. Be honest about your employment history and education. They may find out if you fudged important information.
- Keep personal issues private: Do not use the social networking tools as a way to vent frustrations about your personal life or work/school problems. Keep those private issues to yourself.
- Respect your audience: Do not use obscene language, racial slurs, or personal insults. Be cautious when discussing religion and politics as well; avoid it if possible.
- Add value: Bring some valuable information. In branding your image, you want to show that you are interesting and thoughtful.
- Be civil: Don’t pick fights over the internet. If you are debating, be respectful of opinions. Do not take things personal and do not personally attack people. Stick to the issue at hand.
- Have a positive tone: You want your image to be friendly and approachable. Negativity or pessimism won’t attract people.
- Admit your mistakes: If you make a mistake, fix it quickly. It will create trust and assurance among your peers.
- Use your best judgment: Use the best discretion you can online. While there is no absolute, certain way to act online, make educated decisions on how to act and remember to be yourself.