How the Golden Rule Applies in Social Media - Page 2
Similar thinking about good manners also applies to posting on Facebook.
Is anyone out there? If people don’t comment on your posts, it can feel like posting on Facebook is like sending a message into a black hole in space; energy is sucked in and nothing comes back. On Facebook, if people don’t comment, you don’t know if your posts have been read.
When you read something that you enjoy, post a comment on your friend’s wall; it’s a nice acknowledgement and develops your relationship. It also encourages them to reciprocate by commenting on your posts.
While freedom of speech is one of the privileges we enjoy in this country, posting a comment that could be offensive to others isn’t good manners. This is especially true when someone sees that comment posted on the walls of their friends. Why? Because there’s nothing that they can do about it. Yes, an offensive comment can be removed from their own wall, but not from their friends’ walls, so don't do it.
At the risk of being repetitive, good manners is part of what makes the universe of social media work so well. When you’re polite, people will remember you well for it and your friendships will grow because of it. So go out there with kind words and good manners. You’ll be the better for it, and so will the social media universe.
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