In this lovely world of social media where our entire lives are on display, it can be really hard to remember real-life etiquette. Just because we’re living permanently connected to the interwebs doesn’t mean social cues fly out the window. I feel like everyone thinks the internet is this magical land where there’s no order. It doesn’t work that way, you guys!
Behind the silly usernames, memes and selfies, there are still rules that apply, just like in the real world. And you should be following them because your social media profiles reflect a lot about you whether it’s to your peers, parents or future employers.
Here are 10 things you’re doing wrong on social media:
Using It As A Diary
Your statuses and tweets are not your diary. Your followers don't want to see literally every single update about your day.
Updating On Dates
If you're with your friends, family, boyfriend, girlfriend, on a date or just around actual human beings, put down the devices. Enjoy being around real people and stop tweeting for an hour.
Don't like every status, favorite every picture or heart every Instagram. Reserve your likes for things you actually like!
Before you post that passive-aggressive tweet or status about your BFF that you're currently fighting with, think again. Do not subtweet! This includes posting something snarky that they'll know is about them and posting song lyrics relative to the situation.
Just no. Don't. Stop. Please.
This works several ways. Don't lie to your friend that you can't come to her birthday dinner and then Instagram a picture of you somewhere else. Don't lie about yourself on social media because that will come back to haunt you. And don't steal someone else's social media life because that is catfishing, and it's creepy.
Holding Private Conversations In Public
Don't have important, private conversations in the public realm of social media. If something is private, make sure you're using direct messages or Facebook messages.
#thereisnothingmoreannoyingthanahashtagyoucantread. Seriously, chill out with the hashtags. Use simple hashtags that are no more than a few words and that actually make sense. And please don't use #hashtag.
Grammar And Spelling
Grammar and spelling rules do apply online! Chat speak isn't a thing anymore, you guys. You have smartphones. They can spell check! We all make mistakes, but at least try to make a conscious effort.
Selfies are fun, don't get me wrong. As a beauty guru, I take a lot of selfies. But don't abuse the power of selfies. Use your judgement.
Do you follow these social media rules? Do you break any of them? Do you have rules you’d like to add? Tell us in the comments!