Save The Day – Etiquette For the Social Network Impaired

Just six months ago I had never been on twitter. I never had a blog. I never had a Hootsuite account. Outside of Facebook and Linked In, I didn’t exist on the social network radar.

With all of the new things out there it is difficult sometimes to know what is the most acceptable way to do things on the social network. Thankfully, I had a wonderful friend to help me on this new techno journey, Edie Melson.

Sometimes we run the risk of turning off our social network followers by focusing completely on ourselves and our own success. Today I thought I’d share a funny social networking clip with Superhero Cafe on Youtube and list a few etiquette rules for social networking. This is by no means a complete list, but it will get you started.

Etiquette Rules For Social Networking:

*Make sure that for every post about yourself, you post 5 things about others. This shows that you care about your followers and want to provide the best possible opportunities for them.

*Be sure to say thank you to those who retweet, share or post your information. Return the courtesy when you feel they have solid content you want to share with your audience.

*Respect your follower’s time. Retweet and share quality content with your followers.

*Return Favors. When possible return the favor to those who follow you, follow back. For those who give you a +K, give them one back. To those who like your Facebook Page, like theirs back.

*Encouragement Not Just Platform. Your social networking should encourage your followers, not just announce yourself and your accolades.

*Sharing Yourself. Followers want to genuinely get to know you better. Let your social networking give them an opportunity to do this, as well as you getting to know them. Get them involved.

These are just a few of the social network etiquette tips I’ve learned from my friend Edie Melson. There are so many more that you can find on her blog The Write Conversation. Another great place to look is on Michael Hyatt’s blog.

What are some social networking etiquette tips you’ve learned along the way?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Save The Day – Etiquette For the Social Network Impaired

  1. Beth K. Vogt says:

    Great advice, Michelle!

  2. Great post, Michelle! I find encouraging others the easiest thing to do. But I don’t always know HOW to do some of these retweets, Klout, and LinkedIn promotional things. I’m copying and pasting other’s links to writing sites. It takes time. I’m sure there’s another more time-savvy way to do it, but I guess I’ll learn along the way. Thanks for being Random’s promoter. You’ve made a HUGE difference in our site.

  3. Robin says:

    This is a great post. It’s really hard to figure out what to do and how to do it to encourage readership… thanks for the tips! (Good video, too.)

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    You’re welcome, Robin! Glad it was helpful.

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