8 Ways to Be a Better Friend on Social Media
Digital manners are a thing now
We might have just nailed down the whole salad fork thing, but now we’re looking to upgrade our digital manners. Since we’re not anxious to offend, we’ve asked our own social network--including experts like Jaclyn Johnson of Creative & Cultivate--how we can be better friends to our followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Here are 8 things to consider before you hit “share.”
BE SURE TO GIVE SHOUT-OUTS TO YOUR PALS
Credit pals when they have given you a great idea or photo or smile in your group pic. Even if they've just posted something that you are re-posting. Everyone likes to be acknowledged, and besides, it’s only fair.
CLEAN UP YOUR FOLLOWING MONTHLY
Do you really think that guy you met last year needs to see your vacation snaps? Or do you find yourself thinking, Hmmm, not that funny, again and again when a certain person’s posts appear? Don’t be afraid to hit the un-friend button.
GO GOOFY ON SNAPCHAT. IT'S OK
Because nothing says “I am digital-media savvy, relevant and so much fun” like barfing rainbows and heart-shaped eyeballs.
MOVE TOWARD THE LIGHT
Remember the pain of having to look at your parents’ terrible vacation photos? Those murky images of…well, we’re not sure really. That’s the feeling you’re sharing when you post a dull or blurry image of a person or place. A general rule of thumb is to use as much light as possible to take the image, then edit it on your phone afterward. (Try Snapseed: It’s like Photoshop, except you don't need to understand anything about photography.)
AVOID THE CLICHE POST
Sunsets, designer swag, tourist sites--there’s no need to clutter up everyone else’s feed with unoriginal updates. Unless it's a dog or cat doing something cute, and then the more the better.
DON'T GO CRAZY ON THE RETWEET BUTTON
Just like thinking before you speak, thinking before you retweet is important. Because having to walk back a message that proves unflattering or embarrassing is no fun.
RESIST THE URGE TO SUBTWEET
Know what a subtweet is? It’s when you reference someone else--and usually, it’s throwing shade--on Twitter, but without using @ before their name so that it won’t show up in their feed. It’s like a digital stage whisper and is considered bad form…so just don’t.
TONE DOWN THE POLITICAL INSULTS
This means no ALL-CAPS commentary, no insults, no aggro or insulting explanations. After all, when was the last time a social media message made you reconsider your own political support? Likewise, when someone posts something that really makes your blood boil, make a vow to wait an hour before responding in a kind manner. And if all else fails, unfollow.