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5 Values for the Social Media Sandbox

 

Five important values we were taught as children that we should put into social media practice today.

Image of a sandbox with social media icons to represent the social media sandbox

When we were kids, we were taught simple lessons in order to be nice and get along with others. These same values should especially be applied to your social media practices, but can also be applied to the way you generally handle business in your professional life.

1. Share

Sharing is caring.  It’s not all about you and your company, and not all of your social media posts should be about you.  Help others out and share good content and strategies when you come across them.  By doing this, you’re accomplishing two things: helping someone by sharing the article they wrote, and providing other people with information they can benefit from.

2. Anyone can be your friend

Remember when you were void of prejudices and preconceived notions and were willing to form friendships with anyone who sought one with you?  Don’t judge people who don’t have so many Twitter followers or who aren’t from a Fortune 500 Company.  They can still have something valuable to offer.  Or, in the least, you have another social media connection!

3. Sticks and stones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  Now, we all know that words really can hurt, but that isn’t my point here.  My point is that you shouldn’t take things personally or be easily offended by interactions or posts on social media.  Often times people resort to social media to vent their feelings in the heat of the moment, and vile words can appear.  Try to be understanding and helpful, rather than offended and reciprocating any anger.  If it’s really bad, just try to understand that it most likely isn’t really about you.

4. Say thank you

Kids say thank you when you give them a cookie, and you should say thanks when someone throws you a bone.  If someone mentions your blog post in an article, let them know you appreciate it.  Share the article on your Facebook page, or simply give them a shout-out on Twitter!  They won’t know you’re grateful unless you say so.

5. Clean up

After the fun of playing and getting all your words and ideas down on paper (or screen), remember to go back to clean up any spelling errors or awkward wording.  Proof-reading, even though it may be boring, is important.  You’re putting your content in the public eye, so it’s imperative that you’re always putting your best foot forward. If you look sloppy all the time in the social arena, what’s stopping people from believing that you don’t do business in a similar manner?

Play by the same rules you were taught as a child. Abide by good values in the social media sandbox and you will make lots of friends.

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About Jessica Truong

Jessica is the marketing intern for Sound Telecom.  Born and raised in San Francisco, she was looking for an adventure in a different terrain and decided to attend Seattle University where she received her degree in English Literature.  She brings critical thinking, writing, and researching skills that she developed from her major to the company.  In college, she also served on the executive board for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and participated in various cultural clubs and performances.  When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, baking, hiking and pretty much any opportunity to be out in the sun.  She is excited to learn as much as she can at Sound Telecom and hopes the company views her participation auspiciously.