Social Media and Digital Etiquette: EID100 Final Project

This is mine and Rebecca Carr’s Final Project submission. We have created a Pinterest account which focuses on Social Media and Digital Etiquette. This account introduces an easy and accessible way to learn and use proper digital etiquette.

 

Here is the link: http://www.pinterest.com/Mediaetiquette/

 

Digital Etiquette is becoming increasingly more important as the internet population grows. High school students need to learn how to become adults who can contribute effectively in society and put their best foot forward at all times, and this includes online. The way you communicate online can affect relationships, education, and job opportunities.

We curated an account on Pinterest, and created four boards with distinct purposes and pins relating to that purpose. They are:

Digital Etiquette for Business – This board is comprised of pins that relate to social media and digital etiquette for businesses. What is the difference between a business account and a private account? Is different language necessary? How do you use social media to effectively reach your target audience? This is the board where you can find those answers!

Personal Digital Etiquette – This board is all about your personal accounts and what you should or shouldn’t do on them. This ranges from language to privacy settings to who will see what! Even if it’s only your private Facebook account there are still many considerations – after all, you don’t want to lose a friend just because of your language!

Digital Etiquette for Youth – This board has pins that are all aimed toward young people and teaching them all about digital etiquette. Does digital etiquette have different standards depending on age? Find out!

Professional Digital Etiquette – This board is similar to our Personal Digital Etiquette board, in the fact that it is regarding your personal accounts. However, this board has pins that are aimed toward how to use your personal account in a professional setting. Is it okay to ‘friend’ your boss on Facebook? Can you tweet about work? Hopefully this board will answer those questions!

Although the majority of our audience of high school students probably do not run businesses or have children this information is still very helpful in understanding the larger, overall, picture of social media and digital etiquette. It will also help them in the future – if they develop a strong sense of what it takes to politely run social media for business now they are already one step ahead of the game! Some of them may be mentors, older siblings, or babysitters, so knowing how social media and digital etiquette affect children and youth could be very important and relevant to them!

 

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Social Media Etiquette: Do’s & Don’ts

Since the beginning of time people have created rule books and guidelines on proper social etiquette and behaviour. However, since then a new form of communication and human interaction has taken over through the use of social media. Social media and etiquette may seem like a new and foreign concept however, now that people no longer have to converse face to face or over the phone, the same respect, polite behaviour and care most definitely applies. Although these guidelines may be new and ever evolving, here are a few I think we should all remember:

1. What you say, Stays.
Like a stain that never goes away, what you comment will always be there. Think twice before posting something private or impolite. Although social media feels like a place where people can speak their mind without consequence, it is often a place where people would say things they normally wouldn’t in person. What you say is most definitely in the public and if you’re going to regret it, think before posting because deleting posts and tweets may not always solve the problem.

2. Do unto others as you would do unto them.
As the old saying states, just as you would like to be treated politely and with respect, one should also treat others with respect and politeness. Just like my grandma used to say: if there is nothing polite to say, don’t say anything at all.

3. Tone may be everything.
We’re not talking musically here, this is about the tone of your post or comment. Just like writing an essay for your college application or texting your significant other, tone can be everything. People can’t always tell your tone online so it is important to try be accurate and realistic in your words. Remember sarcasm doesn’t always work!

http://www.designsponge.com/2013/02/modern-etiquette-social-media-dos-donts.html

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