The Etiquette of Engagement

When we were growing up our parents, teachers and other adults taught us how to mind our P’s and Q’s. We learned to respect our elders, open doors for others, and say “please” and “thank you”. These manners helped us to achieve our goals, build relationships and gain the respect of our friends and peers. Have you considered how important this is for your social media efforts?

Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when you are creating posts to any social media platform:

Respond to Twitter @mentions. This is very simple and goes a long way. Review your Twitter mentions weekly, at a minimum. If you have any just send a quick “thank you” to the author. If you feel like saying more and can do so in 140 characters or less, go for it.

Post comments to blogs you read. If you are maintaining your own blog you know how much work goes into keeping up with the posts. Don’t you want to know what people think of your work? Remember that the next time you read someone else’s and let them know how much you enjoyed their post.

When blogging give proper credit to your resources. Be sure to link to their name, blog, business or social media account.

“Please” ask for someone to read your posts. When you include a link on Facebook or Twitter, for example, don’t expect your followers to follow the link. Politely ask them to do it. “Please follow this link for more details.”

Leave comments on Facebook and Twitter, StumbleUpon and others. Each time you review your profile on Facebook you see others posts. If you like something, add a comment. This goes a long way. Not only will the individual appreciate it but others may find it interesting and begin following you.

By practicing proper manners, or remembering your P’s and Q’s, you will achieve better engagement and see an increase in followers. It goes back to something I learned growing up, treat others the way you want to be treated. Do you remember that?

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2 Responses to The Etiquette of Engagement

  1. You are so right, Terri! Thank you for your thoughtful post on minding our P’s and Q’s. So much of this just boils down to being a good friend, doesn’t it? Keep on socializing! You’re my mentor!

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