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5 Inexcusable Social Media Sins

ImageSocial media is a great way to connect with people, but it can also turn some people off. Here are five inexcusable social media sins to avoid.

1. It's Been Weeks Since You Posted

Not responding to messages, including tweets and posts, is probably the most frustrating aspect of social media. If you have a lot of fans or followers, it's probably not easy to respond to every message on time, but if you just ignore messages it isn't sending a good vibe.

It's also not cool to just stop posting on your blog -- or even worse, close your account altogether. At least give your followers or friends a warning that you may not respond to messages for a few days or that you may not blog anymore.

2. You Share Everything You Do

Knowing what to share publicly and what to share privately among close friends is another pit fall many social media users encounter. And it usually doesn't resonate until something really personal becomes visible to everyone.

Try to use private messages or email to send pictures or videos that might cause embarrassment or limit those that can view these posts. Check the privacy options for the social media site you use to avoid this problem.

Be wary of sharing things that have no substance. Sure, it's great that you just paid your CenturyLink Internet bill or you had a great night with a friend. Why not send the message to your friend instead of to everyone on your network?

3. You Use Every Social Network Invented

Creating an account on every social media site on the net just because you can, doesn't mean it's a good idea. Try to keep your social networks on two or three sites at the most. Any more than this becomes unnecessary. 

If you are promoting articles, or allowing your readers to share blog posts with their friends, adding social media buttons to your site helps. It gets annoying when every possible sharing tool is available on the sidebar or at the end of the article. Try to limit the buttons to those that are popular or use a widget that neatly arranges the buttons on each post.

4. Your Profile Pictures Are Ambiguous

The profile picture is a picture of you, not of you and your friend, a couples picture, group picture, pictures of your baby or child, or pets. Scenery is cool, though. So, to summarize, post a picture of you and keep other pics in your account. And don't use a profile picture that is more than five years old.

5. You Post Links That Are Misleading

No one wants to open a link that leads to content that upsets their sensibilities. It's even worse when pranksters send a link under a false description that ends up disgusting or scaring you. So try to limit the number of times you do this. If you have an obsession with sending these types of links, stop using social media and seek therapy.  

These five social media sins can cost you fans, friends, followers, and subscribers. Be more aware of what you post and how it might affect others.

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  • Justin Belmont's picture
    Jun 3 Posted 3 years ago Justin Belmont

    This was a great article, Alex!  The tips you provided were very helpful in preventing mistakes with professional social media. Your final tip about the importance of quality really makes or break social media success for a business. Here is a post from our blog with some positive social media tips (i.e., what to do, as opposed to what not to do): http://blog.prosemedia.com/4-tips-for-being-successful-on-social-media/

  • Kristin Hovde's picture
    Apr 9 Posted 3 years ago Kristin Hovde

    Love this article - especially #1. Consistency is so important when using social media, plus it keeps your audience informed on what your business is doing, what sales you have going on, etc. "Out of sight, out of mind" definitely applies to the use of both social media and blogging.

  • Lana Pajdas's picture
    Jan 15 Posted 3 years ago Lana Pajdas

    Excellent article!

    1. Of course, particularly when you are doing business and need to boost your audience.

    2. Yes! that's the point I always say to individuals or companies which appear on my entire news feed on Facebook or Twitter when I open it.

    3. Well, as a researcher I've tried so many tools, in order to learn the possibility of each social media.

    4. Exactly. This is the basic part of every digital identity.

    5. Well, weirdness is not welcome in the Internet universe.

  • Mary Grace Viado's picture
    Jul 18 Posted 4 years ago Mary Grace Viado

    Some people can't help but do these terrible mistakes. I must admit that I did some of these before but I am now to cautious in not overdoing things and not broadcasting all my whatabouts. Who cares anyway!?! I agree with what Aaron said, balance is important. 

  • Aaron Mackel's picture
    Jul 15 Posted 4 years ago Aaron Mackel

    Balance seems to be the important thing here.

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