January 13, 2012

A Kindergartner's Rules for Social Media

by Shannon Milholland, Social Media Director

As each of my kids made their way through elementary school, I often noticed teachers who had the classroom rules posted on the wall. "Share", "Respect Others", and "Don't Run With Sharp Objects." If only the world of Social Media were that easy. I often wish someone would tack up the rules for all to see so today I give you the Kindergartner's Rule Book to Social Media.

1) Share - Share others successes on your social media outlets. It is far more fun to talk about someone else's success than your own. Congratulate your friend whose book was just released. Give a virtual high five to another whose blog was nominated for an award. 

2) Respect Others - You don't have to agree with someone to be respectful. I try to find something positive to say about anyone no matter how greatly our views diverge. Perhaps their comment was well written or their argument well thought out. Giving others respect is the fastest way to get it yourself.

3) Don't Run With Sharp Objects - If something in the back of your mind is whispering stop, listen. Don't run with sharp objects like criticism and lack of tact. Usually scissors are safest when left in the drawer.

Sometimes I make life more complicated than it has to be. Today as I navigate the murky waters of Social Media, I'll think of my kids and ask, "What would a kindergartner do?" There is great wisdom in heeding the answer.

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