If you’ve ever gone to a cocktail party (and I’m sure you have), you’ll notice that there are certain social rules and etiquette to follow. You come in the door saying hello to the people you know best. You make your way to the food grabbing a few bites to eat and a drink. You might observe for a moment, but not too long, then make your way into deeper conversation with friends while being introduced to new people. You share interesting stories and touch upon varied topics, have a laugh, and mind your manners. In the end, you have a marvelous time catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Social media engagement is the same and similar etiquette applies. It really is a virtual cocktail party.
The Wall Flower
The Business Card Ninja
The Hot Mess
I’m not going to lie – everyone loves a train wreck and even more so on social media. I’ll openly admit that there are people I follow simply because their life is a real live soap opera. However, you don’t want to be the hot mess everyone is watching. Not being familiar with informational boundaries and sharing too much is just like overindulging on the cocktails and getting sloppy at the party. Don’t post things you wouldn’t be proud of, otherwise you could find yourself doing the “delete of shame” in the morning.
There are many more examples of poor social media engagement. What are some of your virtual cocktail party peeves?