<![CDATA[In a civilised society, it tends to fall on the elders to teach the young about things such as etiquette and manners. Parents, grandparents and teachers remind the young to say “please” and “thank you” and conform to other socially accepted conventions. The world of social media is vastly different, with the “elders” tending to be those who would be seen as the young in any other sphere, setting their own agenda, which may not suit the “real world” view. Consider the impact Although seemingly harmless, posts on sites such as Facebook and Twitter can come back to bite people, as Sandy Hyde, etiquette expert points out. “People need to be careful about what they say, and think before they write. There is a reaction to everyone for their actions.” Where some posts may generate a rather robust argument online, there can be big offline repercussions if people post before they think. Most things posted on social media sites will be available for your friends and family as well as current or prospective employers. Social media tips Never be afraid of not “friending” somebody, especially if that person is a work colleague that you don’t want knowing the ins and outs of your personal life. “Social media is not a high school popularity contest,” reminds Hyde: “It’s not rude, just let it rest.” The best rule of thumb that Hyde has over social media is not to “mention anything you wouldn’t share face to face.” ]]>
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