In the scramble for social media success, some of us are getting caught up in the madness and losing sight of the true benefits that social networking has to offer.
I get the idea that you want to promote “you” and establish your brand, on highly trafficked social media sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. After all, these are the perfect venues for getting noticed and leaving your digital footprint.
Keep in mind you don’t want to go overboard and use strategies that get a lot of attention – but not necessarily the good kind. We’ve all heard the reports of how people are stream-lining their privacy settings and removing “friends” from their Facebook profiles. Don’t let yourself fall into that category of being the annoying person who is the first one to get blocked!
Let me be more specific and introduce you to this episode of the Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast called:
Avoid These 5 Social Media No-Nos
Here’s a summary of the 5 no-nos that I cover in the podcast:
- Facebook Photo tagging
- Google+ Id over usage
- Forum user names
- Celebrity rip-offs
- Lack of engagement (which should really be number 1 – just listen and you’ll see what I mean)
During the intro of the podcast I mention something that I really would like to re-emphasize here.
I truly believe that one of the best ways to get the most out of any social network is by being a “giver”. Spend time each day and make it a point to go out of your way to visit other blogs and share other people’s content.
Take the time to leave comments on blog posts and YouTube videos, share articles on Facebook and Google+ and you’ll see that when you give of yourself, you’ll reap the benefits and you might even be surprised by what you’ll get back in return.
My friend Damond Nollan wrote a post that I encourage you to read called If you Want More [Fill in the Blank], Then Do More. I noticed how the engagement level and the number of comments on Damond’s blog and Twitter account has began to take off since he started putting this into practice.
Don’t let Social Media Fatigue get the best of you
We all know there are more and more social networks coming out of the wood-works on what seems to be a daily basis. Don’t spread yourself to thin just for the sake of being everywhere. I recommend that you pick out your top 2 or 3 networks and focus on building those up before you spread your wings and try to fly over new territory.
Ok, now I want to know what you’re thinking. Do you agree with my list of social media no-nos and can you think of a few more?
Recommended Reading for Twitter Success:
- The Complete Guide to Using Twitter Lists Like a Pro
- The Tao of Twitter, Revised and Expanded New Edition: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time
- 10 Awful Mistake That Keep You Away From Twitter Success