Social media/ Facebook Etiquette
· Be aware of what you can control and what you can’t. Make sure to read TOS and Privacy statements – they do sometimes change. Don’t be caught by surprise.
· Use preferences and settings wisely to control and manage your social network. Consider what you want to keep private and what you want to share.
· Pages (a website) and Groups (discussion forums) provide alternatives to having a personal profile.
· Develop your own social media policy and use your social media appropriately. Are you using it for PR? genealogy? To keep up with family? Network professionally? A combination?
· Do not spam, spy, cyberstalk, or bully. If you are a victim of those behaviors, deal with them appropriately. Report inappropriate behavior.
· Consider carefully who you friend. Be very careful about friending staff that you supervise, students, or children that you may know.
· Consider your language and appropriateness of content. Does it match your audience and your social media policy?
· Consider if facebook (or any social media) is the best choice for the activity. If you want to create an open event, facebook may be a good choice. It may not be the best way to archive links or discussions.
· Remember: social media is about sharing (sometimes called microsharing). Accept that your social network may not have the same political or religious beliefs as you, and they, are well, human.
· …finally, if it’s on the web – it’s published. It may be private, but it is archived somewhere.