Caitlin Muir of the Social Media Club published a great article discussing the decalogue of social media. These commandments were not heaven-sent but these tips will surely lead you to the right path.
1. No one can be a social media God.
Social media cannot be ruled by anyone or be centered to a single entity. It is a concept that keeps revolving over time. Don’t let the idea of social media supremacy get into your head. Always remember to stay hungry and stay foolish (Thanks, Steve!)
2. Social media is not God
Live a life outside of the social media world. Social media tools are not deities you worship day and night. Learn to take a break and feel your surroundings.
3. You shall not name drop
As much as possible, never use social media as tools to bash or bully people online. If you are against other people’s opinions, better write them a personal message instead of attacking them directly through tweets and Facebook statuses.
4. Keep a digital Sabbath day
Choose a day where you will completely unplug yourself from all of your gadgets. This practice will not only improve your health but also your relationships.
5. Honor and respect people
Utilize technology to spread social media love to your friends and family. You can start by posting a nice and short greeting in the morning on your Facebook timeline. A simple deed like this will show how grateful you are to have peers around.
6. You shall not kill another person’s reputation online
Social media is not the venue to share all your hate about a particular person, event or issue. Learn to set limitations when posting your comments on Facebook or Twitter. See the different sides of a story before making any judgments.
7. You shall not cheat in your social media plans
Sometimes, things don’t go the way they were planned but this is not an excuse to rely on dirty methods to fix them. The trick here is to do a trial and error until you realize which one really works.
8. You shall not pirate
This is just a matter of respect to copyright laws. Also, bear in mind to always cite your sources when producing content for your blogs.
9. You shall not lie
Of course, this is a difficult act to do when you’re hanging out online. However, never fall into the temptations of creating fake accounts to commit cyber crimes.
10. You shall not covet
There’s more to this world than the latest gadgets. Treat social media as a way to share your ideas and creativity to other people. Don’t make this a miserable place filled with envy and greed.