Social Media Etiquette for Christians, Part 2 of 2

The last blog entry on this subject gave eleven do's for Christians in the are of social media etiquette. It was not exhaustive, but was meant to treat possible problem areas that many believers may have when using social media. In this second and final installment, I go over eight don'ts for Christian etiquette on the social web. Whether you have been on the receiving or giving end of these, I think you will agree with these simple eight. There are many more, and I would appreciate your additions in the comment box below. Enjoy!

Don’ts

1. Don’t “friend” strangers or try to get them to “friend” you so you can sell to them.

Many today are using Facebook as a way to promote their business or service. Please keep your selling separate from your friend-making and evangelism. Mixing the two is like joining a Bible study group so you will have more prospects for your cookware sales. You will not grow and they will feel used. You should join the group to grow spiritually, not put money in your pocket. Make your invitations and postings in such a way that it brings value to those who read them. They will come back for more.

2. Don’t send a “friend” request without an introduction.

Tell them who you are and why you want to be friends. Don’t assume they will remember you. If you are like many adults who are finding old classmates from years gone by, they are realizing that people change and memories fade. Enough said.

3. Don’t keep inviting friends to participate in games, groups or causes.

If your friend is interested, they will join. If not, they won’t. Limit your invitations to two. Be patient, not everyone is on Facebook every day. Give them a little time to respond.

4. Don’t put anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want your pastor, future boss, or mother to see.

Enough said.

5. Don’t put anything about anyone else that they wouldn’t want their pastor, future boss, or mother to see.

6. Don’t ever share as a wall post any private conversation or message.

Just in case you didn’t realize, Facebook wall posts are completely public to all your friends, and if allowed, to your friends’ friends. Keep private matters private. If you are not sure it’s a private matter, treat it as one. You won’t have regrets.

7. Don’t ever post when you are overly tired, emotional, or distracted.

8. Don’t forget that whatever you do on the web stays on the web…to be seen.

This isn’t Las Vegas. By participating in any website or internet activity you are basically leaving behind a digital fingerprint. A shock for many comes when they Google themselves. They discover, to some extent, what is public out there about them. This is just scratching the surface for someone who really knows how to find information about you on the web, which includes your social media involvement. Think about maintaining a certain level of professionalism on the web. You will thank yourself later.

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