I have lost many friends to popular social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, to name a couple. They cannot bear to view the idiotic things people post online, so instead of throwing their phones and paying a deductible to replace them, they have cancelled their accounts. While I do have empathy for them, I do believe there is a way to salvage our social media if we all could follow some sort of world wide web etiquette.
Believe The Hype, Think Before You Type.
Ask yourself, ‘if I were to read someone’s post about the same thing, would I care?’
Go for quality not quantity. We don’t need to know that you did your laundry, workout, cooked dinner, cleaned up dinner and now watching DVR. How groundbreaking?
Have a little discretion. No one wants to know that you just left the OB Gyn. So please don’t tag yourself there. Besides, I’m sure you are violating HIPAA in some way.
Don’t post things that you find funny. More than likely, we had to be there.
Limit the pics you post of your child and in some, less fortunate cases, your dog. We don’t need to see them in a shirt every month that says how old they are. We care just as much as they do. Zilch.
Keep your inspirational quotes to yourself. People don’t go on Facebook to get spiritual advice. And usually the people giving out the advice, need it the most.
Don’t use social media to curse someone out. You should probably just go with the old fashion route and call them on the phone or tell them to meet you at the willow tree.
Selfies. Hmm. Well let’s just say the mirror is now becoming an endangered species. If you insist on taking a picture of yourself with the pouty lips, don’t post every single one. Buy a mirror.
When you just meet someone, don’t request them as a friend or start following them when you’re still walking out to your car. Give it a day or two.
Stop doing “S/O’s” to people that like more than one of your photos. More than likely, it was a glitch.
Flashback Fridays, Throwback Thursdays, Way back Wednesdays , etc. You can post an old photo any day of the week.
If you are going to use a hashtag, please use them right. If you post a picture of your dog and put “#dog”, you are stating the obvious. Try something a little more captivating like “#mansbestfriend”. That’s a freebie for you dog lovers.
Swag Does Not Come in a Plastic Bag
Some of us just naturally know how to play it cool or show some humility in this social media day and age. However, if you don’t, in the words of Kevin Hart “You gon’ learn today!”