New Social Media and Rules: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, IM

Do you like to follow rules, or are you one to find out the rules and do the opposite? From the moment you’re born, rules were given to you with one of the most heard words as a child being “No”.

Once you reach adulthood you have choices, you still need to know the rules but have more freedom to break them. We spoke about the dos and don’ts of social media marketing strategy last week, but how closely should we follow the rules?

New forms of social media like IM, blogging, Facebook, and especially Twitter have made it much quicker for news to travel around the world. We have seen this with court gagging orders that have been broken online, where people feel that offline rules don’t apply. This in itself could be seen as breaking some ethical rules.

Lisa Mira Grotts has listed some new social media rules in this article on the Huffington Post. In her article she explains some of the basic dos and don’ts for social media sites, and tools. Have a read and let us know what you think?

One rule she listed, which we found interesting was “Don’t ever put anything in writing that you don’t want to see on the cover of NYT”. This is something that celebrities have learned, with some starting an account on Twitter only to later remove it thanks to bad vibes, and finding themselves being opened up too much to the public.

One thought I would leave you with:
We love to click, and do so with ease online without thinking about the knock-on affect this can have to a human at some point. Without a human face to see, and body language to read, do you think it’s easier to click and cause damage than it is verbally? Also do you care less about your actions online, than you do offline? The rules still apply.