|"The Ten Commandments of social media. Learn it, live it, love it. It will make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone." David Coats, The Daily Titan|
1. Thou shalt not post vague, whiny rants.
|Great advice! Writing regularly in a journal has been proven to reduce stress.|
2. Thou shalt not get offended without fully understanding what it is that has you so upset.
3. Thou shalt consider thy audience.
You know who wants to see pictures of your kids, siblings, nephews and nieces? Family members. That’s it. OK, maybe a few close friends. But the vast majority of your 864 Facebook friends or Twitter followers could not care less that your 3-year-old cousin has a tee-ball game on Sunday. Speaking of which, don’t invite people to events you know they will never even consider attending otherwise. It’s awkward for everyone involved.
4. Thou shalt not post every meal ever consumed.
|We post very few meals, but these were excellent!|
5. Thou shalt check Snopes.com before posting any news articles that seem too good to be true.
|At Etiquipedia, we're on the fence when it comes to Snopes. The site seems too good to be true. But for now, we'll just go with it.|
No, your uncle doesn’t know a guy who found a Harley Davidson once owned by Elvis, that lady was not rescued off an island thanks to Google Maps, and the average person does not swallow eight spiders per year. All of these rumors have been disproved. Also, if you do decide to post something and get called out on it, don’t get upset. You should have done your research before proclaiming to the world that drinking Mountain Dew will shrink a man’s testicles. Newsflash, it won’t.
6. Thou shalt not try to guilt one’s friends and/or followers into liking or retweeting something in support of another person or a cause they know nothing about.
That’s great that you liked the picture of the kids on Facebook holding the sign that says their mom will quit smoking if they get one million likes. Good for you. Now leave the normal people alone. Those posts mean nothing. Other than you’re gullible and probably have a guilty conscience.
7. Thou shalt not ask celebrities or brands to follow you.
|But what about "former celebrities?" After all, who isn't on board with Twinkies and weird visors?|
Why should they follow? Famous people rarely run their own account. Celebrities like 50 Cent and Britney Spears have people to run their social media accounts, as does President Barack Obama, according to a 2009 New York Times article. They have far better things to do with their time than to comb through thousands of mentions from people either telling them how much they hate them, how much they love them, or trying to solicit money from them. Asking someone to follow you on social media might be the ultimate act of desperation.
8. Thou shalt realize that Reddit exists.
Not everyone uses Reddit, and that’s perfectly fine. But all those hilarious pictures you insist on posting and tweeting more than likely originated there. Reddit is kind of like the beginning of the Internet. This means a lot of people have already seen that picture of the cat you think is just too funny not to share. Don’t take it personally when it doesn’t get liked, retweeted or favorited. It’s old news to a lot of people.
9. Thou shalt not post/tweet anything you wouldn’t say to someone in person.
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10. Thou shalt have fun.
Social media is there for everyone to share those stupid cat pictures and laugh at old photos from freshman year in high school. Don’t be the person who posts the attention-seeking “woe is me” status. Be the person who posts the picture from the senior prom when you spilled punch all over yourself and/or your date.
|This was originally published in May of 2014, in the Opinion section of The Daily Titan, for California State University, Fullerton. Author David Coats was a staff writer from the Spring 2014 COMM 471 class.|