Social Media Etiquette
Tips for using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and more
Act like you would in real life
Social media is real life! Posting something online does not mean that it cannot effect things off line.
- Be kind! Follow the golden rule! Treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Don't post untrue or hurtful things.
- Be courteous. Know when to use social media. Don't update your status, tweet, or snapchat in class or having a conversation with someone.
- Don't post too much information. Know and understand boundaries.
- Ask yourself "would I say this face-to-face" to the person or people involved? If the answer is no, don't post it.
- If you see something, say something. Take a stand to stop cyberbullying.
Would I say this face-to-face?
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- Write clear, appropriate status updates.
- Only connect with friends.
- Make it secure. Keep your settings private
- Tag with care. Not everyone wants pictures of them splashed across the internet.
- Don't make long tweets or use too many hashtags. You get 140 characters for a reason.
- Give credit where credit is due. Use RT (retweet) or via to give credit to the author or creator.
- Use the privacy settings.
Always think before you post
Remember that everything you post online adds to your digital footprint. Once it is out there, it is out there to stay. Potential employers and colleges can (and probably will) look at your social media presence. According to Kaplan Test Prep, 31% of college admissions officers check out applicants on Facebook.