2011 – What NOT to do with social media

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As we write-off our resolutions for the new year, let’s keep the following guides to using social media (mainly Facebook and Twitter) in a more efficient way in 2011.

1. No more !@#$% (vulgar) statuses.
Speaking your angry mind aloud doesn’t help better explaining your problem. Also, do not tell everyone how sad or “emo” you are after breaking up with your partner. Present yourself professionally, speak professionally, be a professional.

2. Stop exhaustive tweets.
Do not flood your wall, or try to “channel traffic” by constantly telling the world what you are doing, i.e. eating Poptarts for dinner, again. Instead, try leaving your readers with some useful links, pages, photos and even quotes (be cautious not to overdo).

3. Drunk text-ing.
99% of drunk texts are, well, not sober. Okay I made that up; but it is true that sometimes it is better to keep your hands off your cell and laptop while you are getting wasted in a bar.

4. Childish, stereotypical comments? Neh!
It’s 2011, grow up. Do not try to make fun of any social groups by making destructive comments on your friends’ wall. The world doesn’t need more of these to make it a better place for all to live.

5. Outdated “updates”
Social media is a place where users expect to keep up with your life. Do not leave your graduation photo as profile picture for more than half a year. We, the users, want to see/read something newsworthy!

Continue reading Nettiquette: 7 Digital Mistakes to Avoid in 2011 by Bartz & Ehrlich, CNN Special.

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About Jason Tham

Jason Tham is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research interests are digital pedagogy, connectivism and connected learning, computers and writing, and visual rhetoric.
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