Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
Are you a social media offender? You know who you are, right? Maybe you don't. There are many things in the course of our daily lives that we simply find so adorable we are shocked when others don't see the humor/cuteness in it. Case in point, no one in my family finds it adorable that Henrietta, my Diva Poodle, hops on the kitchen table when my back is turned. Regardless of how much I clean the table once I pick her up off from it, no one in the family finds it cute, sigh.
- Constant posting of items that have nothing to do with who you are or what your brand is. For example if I, a known kitchenphobe, start pinning recipes and pictures of cakes and pies… I am likely only trying to drive traffic to my site. If, however, I have decided to learn how to cook something more involved than a fried egg, I would have a reason for it.
- Posting only “buy me” updates. Buy my book, use my service, etc. you get the point. Social media is meant to be a back and forth dialogue.
- Tweeting constantly. Yes, I am thrilled that you had granola for breakfast and that Fifi chose a new spot to interact with Mother Nature. Again, if I follow you and know that Fifi was having intestinal issues, then yes, I’d like to know… other than that eewww no thanks. Tweeting dozens of times a day is exhausting for me to keep up with.
- Posting cryptic song lyrics (hey, I don’t listen to music so I am always completely lost on those) and no, I don’t care enough to contact you to find out what it is.
- Posting cryptic status updates with the hopes that I will contact you to find out what it’s all about. See peeve above.
- Approaching me to retweet inane items. I am happy – thrilled – to RT if you have something worth RTing.
- Don’t tag me in a post that I am not in. Really, you’re posting a picture from your high school graduation and tag me simply to get your info on my page? Remember, it is easy to unfriend you!
- Don’t make me authenticate your status update or your blog post before I make a comment or share you. I don’t have the energy for that.
- Don’t constantly schedule your status updates. I can see the little icon that says where your update came from and am not likely to comment if I know you’re not doing this live and in person. True, there are times when pre-scheduling only makes sense, but not every post.
- If you post a status update that gets no response or shares or comments, don’t feel you need to share it again. People saw it, weren’t intrigued enough to comment or share so rethink the message.
- As in life, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
- While I appreciate a good quote now and again, don’t post quotes to the exclusion of anything original.