In this age, when the entire world is at your finger tip and everyone is present on social media with their updates and posts, use of social media calls for some basic etiquette.
A phone is hand has made everyone a photographer and a writer but there is much more to that when you want to be active on social media. With hordes of people now present on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, there are some unsaid rules and manners which needs to be followed.
Well, every social media platform may has different set of etiquette to follow. While re-twitting on Twitter may be ok, but reposting content or picture without the consent or due credit to the original source can get you in trouble on Instagram. Like we talk to some one in person, same mannerisms are applied for social media.
Since I am more active on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mummatalks), I am going to share some basic etiquette we can maintain and follow on this platform.
You scratch my back, I scratch yours: Follows and likes have now become more of a favour that needs to be returned. A demand for a follow for a follow and like for a like is very common now a days. Instead make your content worthy of attracting new followers and follow if you like someones content and not for a follow back.
Ask for favours: Its ok to ask favours. But its not ok to ask random people for favours. If you have never interacted or engaged on their post or know them, its very rude to ask for collaboration details and contact numbers. With bloggers crowding up the segment with the intention of only making money, this has been happening very often where random DM’s are sent asking directly for Collaboration details.
Consider your tone: While everyone has their reason for being on social media, its always good to keep your tone subtle with your post. Some may want to vent, some want to brag and some want to simply talk but its the tone in which you convey your message that makes your page more approachable.
Tagging: In order to have a wider reach and visibility, we tend to tag brands and people. Tagging brands is alright but when you are tagging an individual, its always better to take permission or make sure you know that person before you tag them. Tagging someone just to get more visibility on your post is not the right thing to do.
Comment Battle: Some topics or post can call for a comment battle but its very important to make sure that even when you have a strong view point, you don’t hit below the belt and go all wild with your comments. Keep your comments real and factual.
Be supportive: Blogging is a community in itself and its great to maintain cordial relation with your co-bloggers. Being supportive, sharing ideas and information and also engaging on posts helps both of you grow together.
Be original: There is a very thin line between being inspired and plagiarising. You may not be the first one to take a flat-lay image or an outfit changing video because everyone is doing it. Its natural to be inspired but when you are doing something which is outright copy of someones unique content, its better to give due credit or avoid it all together. So try to come up with your own ideas and be original.
Follow unfollow game: It’s very normal for some users to unfollow you but a huge fluctuation in the numbers is what is disturbing. Following just to get a follow back and then unfollowing that person really is not the right way to go about it.
Original Images: Its always better to use images you have clicked yourself rather than using someone else images on you social media page. This can lead to a copy right infringement with a serious implications like a legal action being taken against you.
Instagram is a place which can make you famous or pulverise you for your one mistake. However, the rising number of users justify the popularity of this platform. So following some basic etiquette and engaging in a genuine manner will create a better environment for all its users because behind evert Instagram handle is a real person so remember to treat others in a way that you would want to be treated.