Contrary to popular belief, there are etiquette rules for social media, though there haven’t always been.  As social media sites have become more popular, a need for rules has arisen.

The first thing to do is make sure you are using each site properly.  The purpose of Facebook is to connect with friends and family to share pictures and videos.  The purpose of Twitter is to connect with friends and colleagues and even sometimes like-minded strangers.  Linkedin is for professional networking, not the place to get updates on your cousin’s latest beer pong tournament.

For all of these sites, a few basic rules apply.  Don’t overshare, and never share personal information such as your social security or driver’s license number.  Don’t befriend everyone who sends you a request, and make sure you ask before tagging a friend in your pictures.  Act your age, don’t overshare, and don’t comment on everything- less is more!

For once, the younger generations have things figured out way before the older generations.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help- your kids (or grand kids) probably know way more about this stuff than you do.  Know what you want to accomplish and stick to your goals, and everyone in your social media circles will be much happier.  Check out this infographic for more.

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