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Social Networking Etiquette

Interestingly, your conduct on every social networking site, speaks volumes about you. Thus, its imperative that you think twice before you speak! Today, your virtual identity matters more than your real one. As the world races to keep up with the pace of globalization, its inhabitants seek for virtual platform to keep up with their real relationships. In order to maintain the warmth, trust, love and friendliness in the relationships that we share, it is crucial that users maintain certain social networking etiquette. These sites have more power than we can imagine. The recent overthrow of autocracy in Egypt is a testimony of the same. But, to maintain a healthy relationship with your friends on social networking sites and to benefit from it, one needs to follow a strict 'netiquette'.

Social Networking Rules

Stranger Danger
The first and the most important part of social networking rules is that 'do not talk to strangers'. Many use social networking platforms to launch hideous ideas, criminal missions and groups propagating terrorism. For the same reasons, they wear fake identities, which are difficult to unmask. Thus, until you are sure about a person's background, do not add him/her. If you get a friend request from an unknown person, go through his/her profile, check the mutual friends, see the photographs and when none of this works, send a message. Wait till you get a reply to find out a little more about this person. If you fail to get any trustworthy information, refuse the friend request. Talking to strangers can get you into serious trouble in the future.

Reality Check
Your virtual profiles are like you identity cards. Several companies, fellow colleagues, team members, organizations and so forth, do their employee background check by viewing your profiles. Using these profiles as information data about the users, is going to be the future of social networking sites. A lot can be gauged from the company you keep on your profile, your pictures, your status updates, the games you play, the tweets you follow and make and the conversations you have on these sites. Thus, its extremely important that you maintain a decorum on social networking sites, just as you do when you go to office or head out to hangout with a few friends. Existence on social networking sites is as important as being a part of any other real organization. These profiles are for real!

Respect That
As social networking sites bring together people from varying diaspora, it also makes this platform vulnerable to heated debates over sensitive issues. To avert offending anyone, be choosy about the words you use and the comments you make. Disrespecting anyone can lead to harsh judgments about you or make you indulge in the crime of slander to defend yourself. Avert these potential issues, by keeping a distance from sensitive issues, because a few words will weigh mightier than the sword. Respect, to be respected.

Listen Too
Though conversations begin with status updates or tweets, one needs to understand the art of listening to the other side as well. For instance if you join a group, it is important that you hear what others have to say, than get aggressive with your comments. Provide the others a chance to make their statements, give your background to them and then put forth your defense in the most appropriate words.

Social networking etiquette is no different from decorum of social conduct in real life. Often the excitement of joining a new group tempts many to stalk people involved in it. Tone down your excitement and allow the people to befriend you instead. Understand that, social networking sites are not about adding friends to your list, but connecting with old friends, colleagues and consequently making friends. Social networking sites are about connecting for reasons that are close to the heart. It is most definitely a space that needs to be respected, in order to be respected and loved in return.

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