Sunday, October 28, 2012

Social Media Etiquette-ish

Is probably  not even something that really exists, but humor me because I am a fanatic about doing things “the right” way. Like, if you send me an invitation to a party the week before the party, I’m probably not going because – ADVANCE NOTICE?  If you invite me to a big event (you know like a bridal shower or something) via facebook – I am for sure not going because – well, just because that feels tacky to me.  I send thank you notes out pretty religiously (except I forgot after G’s birthday, still feeling a little guilty on that one) and well, you get the point. I like etiquette, and order, it makes me feel better.

And, back to the topic at hand.

Is there such a thing as social media etiquette? Because it’s very likely that I am just making up all of this nonsense in my head in an attempt not to feel like a huge attention whore.

For example – I have a really cute Disney post that I want to pin because I think it is that good. But should I? Should you pin you own brilliance? I have done it before but it just felt odd!

Another example – do you tweet/FB promote your posts outside of a networking site (i.e. networkedblogs)? I always feel like I shouldn’t be doing this unless it’s a giveaway or something like that.  Mostly because I don’t want people to be annoyed. Again, I have done it, but mostly when it’s something special that I know some people won’t see otherwise.

do you retweet yourself? is that weird or normal?  I always see tweets from people that are retro-posts, which is kind of cool. But I have no idea how to do that!

Do you comment on every post you read? Or just some of them? I always feel guilty not commenting when I am reading someone's blog so I typically will comment (hence the ridiculousness that is my google reader right now) unless by some chance I have NOTHING to say.  I know there are more than a few people reading over here, but my comments are usually crappy. Say hi people – I like to know who you are.

One thing I can’t get on board with is liking your own facebook posts – because, you posted it so of course you like it – no?

So, I ask you wise internets, is there such a thing as social media etiquette or am I just being paranoid and nobody but me pays that close of attention to what is posted where?


Anonymous said...

As far as promoting your blog-do it! You can pin stuff, tweet stuff, and so on and you don't need a giveaway to do so. I read a lot of blogs and I don't always comment, but I do like posts and comment when I have questions or feel like I have something to add to the conversations. However, to spread your blog to more people when you comment you can leave track backs to your last blog post via comment luv or whatever. I do click on links sometimes ( I think it posts the last blog article you wrote with your name) and find new blogs that way.

Dayna said...

Hi Andrea, I don't comment a lot but I have read your blog since you we're pregnant with G. I think she is adoreable and can't wait to see the new baby. You need to post a pregnant picture, I am sure you are such a cutie :)

Jen said...

I pin my own stuff occasionally. It isn't like voting for yourself for prom queen - it is blog promotion. :)

Want me to pin it for you? I will!

Erika said...

I call my husband an @sshole for liking his own fb posts. I figure if you wrote your status it has to be something you liked to begin with. If it's something important I will try and highlight or favorite it. At the end of the day you have to be comfortable with how you use social media.

I've come here via Jen's blog, and I'm enjoying what I've read so far!

seussgirl said...

I don't mind the occasional retweet or link to blog posts, but I do not like when someone's only social media presence is used to tote their own other media presence. (I quickly stop following those people.)
And my husband and I have the philosophy of first-come, first-serve in terms of our calendar, so people who can't plan ahead are constantly being upset that we won't make time for them. And yet, they don't learn...