It is important to Sound Barrier that our users understand the proper ways to behave online. It doesn’t mean all social etiquette goes out the window just because you’re behind a computer monitor. It’s quite the opposite, following proper social media etiquette is a key to being successful online (and to making sure you don’t make a complete ass out of yourself).
We encourage all our users to follow these guidelines!
Give More than You Receive
If you want to receive attention from others online, you have to be willing to give it first. It’s the old “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” routine. You have to earn respect from others by giving more than you receive.
Add Value to the Site
The thing that will earn you great connections with others is if you add value to the community. Before you ever submit anything to a social media site, ask yourself “Does this article really add value to the community?” If not, reconsider submitting it.
Build Quality Relationships
People are more willing to help those who they really know. By building quality relationships with other users, you’ll always have someone in your corner to back you up. Remember, relationships require the participation of both parties; so, always be a good participant in your social media relationship.
Use descriptive titles
Fill out the Subject line properly. People want to know immediately what your E-mail or blog is about. Help them out by filling out the subject line with the proper text.
Respect the Community
This might be the most important rule of social media etiquette. Show respect to the community. It’s not that hard to do. Just make sure you don’t step out of line, and always treat everyone the way you want to be treated.
Keep Private Conversations Private
When people are talking, we have a reasonable expectation that our conversation is private. Therefore, private conversations should be kept private unless both people have agreed to it being posted publicly.
Listen to Others
Your first reaction whenever someone disagrees with you online is probably to tell them how wrong they are. Instead of constantly fighting back, take the time to listen to what they’re really saying. Listen to the people commenting on your blog. Understand where they’re coming from. You don’t know everything, and you can learn from others if you take the time to listen.
Be Accountable for Your Actions
Because of the anonymity the Internet allows, there is little to no accountability online. People say and do whatever they please without facing any repercussions.
By being accountable, people will respect you, whether they agree with you or not.
The following topics are prohibited: real murder, animal abuse, and anything involving minors, snuff, necrophilia, cannibalism, and bestiality.
Don’t be a Keyboard Gangster
They sit at their keyboard talking trash to everyone they encounter. Don’t try to ruin everyone else’s online experience.
Don’t Sabotage Other’s Efforts
Don’t try to bury others just for the sake of getting ahead. Making enemies on social media sites will get you nowhere fast.
Stop Pushing the Envelope
One of the fastest ways to alienate people online is to constantly flood them with requests for helping you out. Whether you’re constantly shouting your content or always Tweeting asking people to comment on your blog, eventually, everyone will lose their patience with you.
All of these points add up to one thing – just be nice. Is it really too much to ask for people to be kind to one another?