Spoons to the right, don’t mix your forks, napkins on your lap and please ask to be excused. We have all been told at least one of these things in our lives. When it comes to table manners, the value of good etiquette can go a long way at a dinner party. We are taught the basic dos and don’ts of life and society holds us to those standards. Whether it’s a Manhattan millionaire expressing her disgust over a poor wine choice or your mother reminding you to say please and thank you- etiquette matters!
As I continue to manage more and more social media accounts for my clients, I’m noticing a lot of bad etiquette online. It seems like Instagram is the hub for bad behavior except nobody’s mother is watching to correct the bad kids! People create ghost accounts, buy followers and, perhaps most annoyingly, randomly like posts to gain your like then unfollow your account. It’s a shame to see this kind of behavior for those of us who use social media as a way to connect with others in our field. Is there something that can be done?
I was recently inspired by a women on Instagram (@mollymarshallmarketing) who expressed her feelings on the issue. After a rant, she brilliantly said, “If I wouldn’t say or do it to a real live person, then I won’t say or do it on social media either.” And that sums it all up! Mind your manners even if you can hid behind a screen…it still counts.