It is evident that social media is prominent in the 21st century. “I accept” is a simple click away to creating a social media profile, brand, account, blog etc., but how well do you know your social media best practices?
Once you put something up on the internet, it will be easy for anyone to find it – be it family, friends, an employer and even an enemy. A best practice includes considering whether the information you publish online is appropriate for others to see. Once you have published information through a social media platform, it is no longer personal. I do not believe that youth and young adults consider the importance of social media best practices. How you behave digitally may not necessarily be how you behave/perform at work or in front of others face to face. This is why it is important for social media users to understand that social media always has an audience/followers. This audience can paint a picture and create a preconceived notion of who you are. Therefore, we must be aware of digital etiquette and social media best practices. Web 2.0 introduced these digital/online tools for greater networking opportunities, however the ways in which users demonstrate netiquette varies. Digital media platforms may lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding, depending on how one presents their thoughts. For example social media retweets, reposts, shares and statuses can be read by multiple people but understood differently by each reader. An interesting article by Aaron Orendoff points out simplistic digital etiquette advice that applies to social media. He suggests using emojis wisely. I completely agree and would also raise a suggestion to the use of punctuation. Using “…” via text, email or any other social media practice will often lead to upset or attitude. It is common that users take to social media first to express their emotions.
In conclusion, I would encourage social media users to think before they act! You never know who may come across your social media account.
Hoskins, G. 2017. CEID100 Course Materials: Module 1. Ryerson University.
Orendorff, A. (2016, April 27). 10 Rules of Professional Etiquette for the Digital Workplace. Retrieved January 15, 2017, from http://lifehacker.com/10-rules-of-professional-etiquette-for-the-digital-work-1770329574