MIND YOUR P’S & Q’S. A GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA FAUX PAS FOR THE SERIAL OFFENDER
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MIND YOUR P’S & Q’S.
A GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA FAUX PAS FOR THE SERIAL OFFENDER
For many of us who lack a social filter (and I know I’m not the only one), social media – that space where your thoughts are just a few manicured taps away from being released to millions of people worldwide – can be both your best and worst friend. At worst, it can be a minefield of etiquette faux pas. After having recently been hit with a rather bitchy remark (which in retrospect was warranted) I have decided to share my thoughts on the P’s and Q’s that should be considered when dipping your Louboutin’s into the big ocean that is the digital world.
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr all are popular social media platforms that just about everyone is on these days.
For many of us who lack a social filter (and I know I'm not the only one), social media-that space where your thoughts are just a few manicured taps away from being released to millions of people worldwide can be both your best and worst friend. At worst, it can be a minefield of etiquette faux pas.
After having recently been hit with a rather nasty bitchy remark (which in retrospect was warranted) I have decided to share my thoughts on the P's and Q's that should be considered when dipping your Louboutin's into the big ocean that is the digital world.
§ Don’t put shit up just because you can
Guilty – I myself was a serial offender until given a very frank talking to by my PR consultant and best friend over tequila slammers at a favorite speakeasy who said and I quote. “Warren, I love you and I love The Boy In The Black Bow Tie, but seriously I am this close to un-following you on Instagram. Don’t put shit up just because you can! Make it interesting!” Remember my stylish friends, your followers aren’t stupid they have no problem clicking the unfollow button so keep everything on point, clear and above all else, interesting there’s a reason people follow you so find out what it is and give them more of that
§ Hashtag darlings…don’t forget to hashtag
Everything has a hashtag from a dog collar to an apple tree everywhere you look whether it’s on Instagram or Facebook there is a hashtag to go with it so make sure you hashtag your post. Doing so will help raise your online cred and if you’re loving a product you just added to your closet or are having a fabulous time at an event don’t be selfish share it and make sure to Hashtag….don’t forget to hashtag darlings.
§ Don’t beg sweeties, you’ll get gravel rash
As my grandmother once said, “No-one likes a beggar,” This of course, includes your followers. Just because someone has a following that equates to the cost of a pair of Jimmy Choos, it does not make them your publicist. Don’t go doing the whole “I will like for a like or tweet for a follow.” thing because, my darlings, that will not only lose you followers and friends, but also damage your social media standing.
§ Ignore the haters…you’re fabulous
I was recently snapped by a photographer and the photo ended up on the social media page of a popular read, for a lot of people. Whilst most of the comments were simply fabulous, boosting my ego just a little, there was the odd bitchy comment especially one with the word that till this very moment as I am writing this piece haunts me like a bad outfit choice when I was sixteen. When you put yourself out there for the world to see, you also open yourself up to the commentary of its citizens some good and some not so good.Engage with the good but do not, under any circumstances – not even if your favorite Prada coat is being held hostage – engage with the haters. It only adds fuel to the flames and trust me your hater won’t be the one with singed eyebrows.
§ Don’t cast followers
“Why aren’t you following me?” is something I have heard more times in the last few months then I have had good sex. Like many, I’m tired of it. Whether they are your closest friend or someone you’ve just met, don’t expect them to follow you or question why if they don’t. I have plenty of people who don’t follow me back and while it pissed me off at first, I got over it just be grateful that people do follow you because it’s better to have at-least a few who care about what you have to say then no one at all.
§ Don’t hold a grudge – it’s neither chic nor stylish.
We’ve all been left off the basketball team at one point or another. Whether it’s a dinner party or someone who you think is the best thing since the Birkin bag but they don’t think the same of you “Suck It Up Princess,” as my favourite T Shirt says. Not everyone will think you are relevant enough to engage with that’s life so don’t hold a grudge because someone online doesn’t follow your back, add you as a friend or retweet you it wastes to much energy and surely you have better things to do with your time.