It seems as if we’ve only just got the hang of the protocol for writing emails, when along comes social media with a whole new range of
tricky etiquette problems: if someone follows me on Twitter, is it rude not to follow them back? If someone I hated at school wants to be my Facebook friend, is it OK to decline? And should I ask permission from my friends before I post their picture on my blog?
Luckily, Tamar Weinberg has come along to answer some of the difficult questions with The Ultimate Social Media Handbook.
Tamar helpfully provides a list of the worst sins you can commit in Facebook (“Adding users as friends without proper introductions”), Twitter (“Following a user and then unfollowing them before they have a chance to follow back”) and blogging (“Turning a blog into a flame war against someone you don’t like.”)
Tamar concludes by saying: “Remember that social media communities are real relationships, real conversations, and as such, they should be treated like they are real.”
It’s advice we’d all do well to heed.