Confused by Netiquette? Here are 3 SimplePimples

Posted: February 25, 2016 in "Netiquette", FAMILY, Friends, Indie Authors, Kristen Lamb, Marketing, PR, SimplePimples, Social media, Social Networking, Top Tips, Truth, Wanatribe
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With more of our lives played out online these days, there are new expectations of social interaction. There are experts who tell us rules of “social media etiquette ” or “Netiquette,” as it is known.

To my mind it’s simple. Let’s conjure up some new rules. We’ll call them SimplePimples.

#1 SimplePimple~

Be true to yourself and treat others the way you want to be treated.

The people I interact with online are a community, of whom some are family, some are colleagues, and some are friends. So, I act accordingly. If you make a mistake, ‘fess up, make amends, and apologize. If someone continually makes the same sorts of mistakes with images, or words, or tone towards you on social media, and you don’t get the apology, cut them loose.


#2 SimplePimple~

The same rules of respect and tolerance we’d show each other face-to-face should apply online.

‘When we “add as a friend” we are entering a relationship based on social norms which are the rules that guide and govern human relationships.’ Kristen Lamb


Why the need to overcomplicate things? When you go to put something on social media, ask yourself if you’d be happy with your boss or your grandparents seeing it. When you communicate and interact with others online, be as polite and respectful as you would be face-to-face. You never know, you may meet these people in person one day and you’ll be glad you were courteous. Normal rules of conduct apply!

It seems that online, when people have a negative thought about what they read or see, they feel entitled to share it with everyone via social media. Why? It’s just what it is, negativity. And we don’t need more of that in our lives.


‘Why are some people so offended by pictures of food, selfies, flowers, puppies and life’s other simple joys? Some of us appreciate these moments so much so that we want to take a picture of it. If you don’t like it, then scroll on, just as you’re probably overlooking these moments in real life anyway.’ ~ Jenna Wawrzyniec

Personally, my rule of thumb is, if you’re not prepared to say what you’re saying online to the person’s face, then don’t say it. Think of karma – the energy you put out shall return to you in kind – the same applies in the virtual world.

If you take the analogy we are like a group gathered around the cooler, sharing the day’s gossip, then in any and every social gathering of the clan, there will be the occasional bore, the odd case of foot-in-the-mouth, and release of wind. Someone will show photos on their phone you have no interest in seeing. Someone else wants you to watch this clip on YouTube that you’ve ‘just got to see.’ That’s okay.

Everyone expects that. There’s room for everybody at the cooler.


#3 SimplePimple~

‘Spread the Love’

A long time ago, a beloved mentor of mine in business, said something that has stayed with me ever since. She said, ‘Don’t worry about the sales, or the connections, or the numbers. The only thing you ever need to worry about is to spread the love in everything you do. Every person you meet, every interaction, spread the love.’ She was the most successful and empowered woman I knew. I listened!

Spread the love. Let the rest take care of itself. Each day, I concentrate on my work, and on supporting and encouraging family and friends to the best of my ability. That’s why I adhered to the wonderful Kristen Lamb’s blog and books, and joined her creative hub, Wanatribe, because Kristen’s essential message was ‘We Are Not Alone!’ Kristen is my kind of gal. She advocates we build relationships and have fun doing it. That’s what it’s all about for me.

We understand netiquette is ‘essential in a civilized work environment or personal relationship.’ That’s fine. Most of us are adults and can play nicely around the cooler.

We also are able to lean in a little if someone takes a misstep. Believe it or not, we’re able to give folks the benefit of the doubt. We show a little lenience. If someone tags us into a photo looking the worse for wear, we go un-tag ourselves. We laugh it off. We’re big boys and girls now. No one really cares anyway. If someone tweets about their book constantly, we don’t read them. If someone rabbits on and on about their hot topics, we let them. We scroll on. It’s okay. There’s no need to call them out. No need for a media rant. We keep scrolling. But you’ll get the occasional nutter in any crowd, if they continue to re-offend, cut them off by unfriending or unfollowing.

Pimply Simple.

What are your pet peeves about the rules pertaining to the internet? What do you wish people wouldn’t do on Facebook? Or are you able to ‘scroll on?’


Pass the donuts.

Keep on Creating!

Yvette K. Carol


Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. – Saint Francis de Sales


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  1. Jenni Legate says:

    Great simple pimple reminders that I need to follow to keep those blemishes away. 🙂

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  2. Great simple pimples. I guess I’m a bit more thoughtful now my mum’s on Facebook. She spent a whole day being bothered by something I shared because the original person put a swear word in. How frustrating. I want to start a non swearing revolution. If you are going to share something ‘you’ve got to see this’ then please don’t use swear words.

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  3. Great rules to follow online…and in real life, really!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. BunKaryudo says:

    This is all good advice. Generally speaking, I think the crowd on WordPress are better behaved and more polite than on some other platforms, so I’ve only occasionally seen examples of out and out rudeness here (he said respectfully). 🙂

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  5. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    I scroll on by if there’s something I’m not interested in. Just wish I had more time to get on FB and keep up with all my friends’ blog posts. And books!

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  6. I scroll on a lot. I just don’t like spending time on Facebook. It reeks of putting up facades and makes me really uncomfortable. I maintain a page because of 2 private sites (church and RI Authors), If I could get timely information on them in another way, I’d be out of FB in an instant. (I actually did escape once.0


  7. Netiquette says:

    ‘Spread the love’ is a fundamental belief of good salespeople. We are attracted to those who help. The point about others feeling entitled to share negative feelings is interesting. It makes me wonder where they get their entitlement. In fourth grade my class was taught that it is beneath us to respond. Based on this blog and what I have learned since, it is always good to ‘spread the love’ no matter what. Good post.


    • yvettecarol says:

      Hi, thanks for the thoughtful feedback. Yes, I agree the principle of Spread the Love can be used in sales. However my mentor used the phrase in the sense of going beyond thinking of dollars and cents. She actually was an incredibly successful salesperson! Her point was that her success came from changing her focus. She’d built an empire on specifically not focusing on the money, but focused instead on how to help others. Her fortune came from the stance of love. I’m not in sales, however I could instantly see how that same approach could be used to create beauty across the spectrum. I’m glad this post reinforced the idea for you, too! 🙂


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