Gen Y guide to Christmas social media etiquette

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Social media can be a great tool for quick and easy communication. It’s a cost efficient and simple way to talk to those you can’t necessarily be with in person. However, it is important to remember the etiquette attached with the use of social media, especially at times such as the Christmas holiday period. We know everyone is very busy this time of year so to help you avoid too many social media faux pas we have compiled a list of social media commandments.

  • Festive gatherings offer many opportunities to take happy snaps in laidback settings, but it’s important to save uploading photos for the sober light of day. No matter how entertaining something might be, you should ask yourself whether it really needs to be shared on social media. Also, unless you have permission from those captured, consider people’s privacy and always ask first before posting images or tagging them.
  • Not everyone celebrates Christmas and not everybody will be having such an enjoyable festive season, so spare a thought for those people before you press post.
  • Think twice before complaining on Facebook. You might be annoyed that Grandma gave you a second-hand knitted hat for Christmas, but venting on Facebook can lead to creating drama and upsetting people you care about. Rule of thumb: don’t say anything on social media that you wouldn’t say to somebody’s face.
  • No one wants to see a complete account of every move you make. One or two pictures are fine, but to see 20 pictures of your Christmas tree taken from slightly different angles is excessive. If you are planning to share multiple photos with family and friends, set up a photostream and share the link with those who are interested.
  • If you are hosting celebrations, it is probably best to try and keep traces of it off social media. It’s easy for people to become offended if they hear about or see images of an event that they were not invited to.
  • Don’t forget the value of a simple handwritten card or a phone call. Although social media is quick and easy, nothing beats an old-fashioned letter.

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