Minding Your P’s and Q’s in the Media

I am starting this blog for my New Media class and as I read our required text I am seeing that this information is vital for people of all ages. Media encompasses people of all walks of life. The young and the old. The rich and the poor. The educated and the noerikqualmant so educated. However, there is one thing that all media users have in common. This is the need for respect and the need of media etiquette.

In the book we cover, What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube by Erik Qualman, it emphasizes common media etiquette and highlights tips and reminders of how all media users should act and interact.

We all know that one person on social media that drives you crazy or flat out offends you. You are thinking of them right now I’m sure! They may even fit into one or more of these categories:

  • The Ranter: Often brings up religion, politics, and their precious babies that do nothing wrong but are always wronged by others, because once again their precious angel can do no wrong. Or they themselves have a lot to complain about.
  • The Chameleon: Often takes on new identities, changes personalities, and leads an alternate life online than who they are in person. This person posts lots of dramatic pictures with #adventure, #party, and #explore while actually posing in front of a bathroom mirror.
  • The Spammer: This person is likely to blow your news feed up with Mary Kay makeup, It Works, Herbalife, Jamberry Nails or other such consultant to consumer companies.
  • The Troll: This person has an opinion about every post and is ready to argue about any subject whatsoever. This person’s objective tends to be starting drama.

Whichever type of media user you may be, this book is still a helpful reminder of proper media use and etiquette. Here are just a few of the topics covered that you may share with those not so media savvy members.

  1. Common Sense is Not That Common
    • Offline and online actions can always be discovered.
    • Present your self and protect yourself online.
    • Your digital reputation is your reputation.
  2. Live as Though Your Family is Watching
    • Always think twice before posting.
  3. Keep it Simple
    • Determine what you stand for and have your social media reflect that.
  4. Have Your LinkedIn Account 100% complete
  5. Don’t Post Whispers
    • This means Yik Yak and other anonymous cites.
    • If you wouldn’t say it to someone in person and it doesn’t reflect your best self then don’t post it.
  6. Integrity and Reputation are Now One
    • With media everything we do or say is seen by the world.
  7. What’s Your Digital Compass?
    • Watch what people can find when they Google your name.
  8. Be FLAWsome
    • Admit your own flaws and rock them rather than hide them and risk being seen as fake.
  9. Privacy is Your Problem
    • Don’t assume privacy settings will protect you, still avoid posting personal information like addresses and GPS locations.
  10. Have One Digital Identity
    • Have your presence consistent on all social platforms. Having a professional account and a personal account  of party pictures will still get you in trouble.
  11. Complain= Digital Pain
    • Keep your digital footprint positive and avoid negative rants.
  12. Post it forward
    • Make a habit of spreading positivity and support for the people you are connected with to maintain connects.
    • Happy birthday and congrats posts are great ways to spread good vibes.

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