As the holiday season approaches, it is important to keep our daily activities in check in the flesh as well as online. Holidays tend to be stressful times for all individuals. What should be a happy caring time usually is any but. I personally dread the holidays and would rather go somewhere else. But, alas, that is not possible. Therefore, we must dig deep and follow some simple etiquette rules to get us through.
I found a good article on social media etiquette, “5 Social Media Etiquette Tips to Follow this Holiday Party Season“. These do’s and don’ts, for the most part, are simple common sense. But there are those of us that are so smart that they can’t grasp the concept of common sense or then there are those of us, like me, who simply forget. Age, you know. It creeps up on you. So, I don’t mind being reminded from time to time.
This last year Randi Zuckerberg published her new book titled, Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Complicated Lives. Even though she was one of the executives of Facebook, there were several occasions where she criticized them for their lack of human decency in regards to privacy setting. Now down to the important stuff, the do’s and don’ts:
- Holidays are a good time to connect with friends and family online, especially if you haven’t been able to connect with them during the year.
- Be cautious of leaving people out of your communications.
- Be mindful of security settings on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. They change often.
- Don’t be overly political or religious online.
- Avoid rants during the holiday season. It is a fast way to get deleted.
- Don’t post photos of your boss, coworkers, or family without permission, especially if they are in a compromising position.
All in all, simply treat other how you would like to be treated. Even if your aunt Gertrude criticized your choice of side dish or the length of your son’s hair or . . . You get the drift. It’s only a month and a half of holidays, I have faith that we will all make it through. Denai