My Social Media Policy
1. Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect
Personally I think it would be nice to have new followers to type a little about themselves. But that’s it; just the basics, no personal philosophy or worldly experience, simple the facts and maybe a favorite quote.
2. Follow, add, friend: …or even stalk if you’re lucky
If someone requests to follow/befriend/stalk you I believe that you should have the option to filter the people you allow and to block the ones you deem appropriate. I believe social networking shouldn’t be about finding strangers unless you are online simply for business networking purposes.
3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: Whoa there…that’s too far
Upon adding a friend/follower/stalker you should immediately be able to classify them into a subcategory. Upon this classification things should automatically be filtered or be shared accordingly. For example business colleagues would be filtered from pictures and possibly a normal posting wall and instead be guided to an all professional contact site.
4. Signal to noise: Calm your engines…and updates
The social media experience I seek is very minimal. If you update your status a million times asking questions you would like people to answer. If you ask me to join your farm, mafia, or cult I will delete you. The best way to be my follower or friend on a network is to simply do the minimal things asked of you. And be there to check up on or talk to once in a blue moon.
5. Personal data and sharing: Understating is amazing
Social media is not about finding your soul mate or you’re long lost best friend you never knew you had. It’s about keeping in touch and making business connections, at least to me. The need to share everything about you is definitely a con in my mind and to me makes the sharer seem unapproachable.
6. My networking needs and uses: “oh baby you……got what I need”
MySpace to me seems like a tri-cycle, a network to get you started and gets your feet wet in the big and giant world. Although I at one point did have a MySpace I eventually felt that I was never on it and that to delete it would be completely fine. Facebook to me is pretty ideal although I find some flaws and annoyances now and then I believe it serves its purpose. LinkedIn has not yet drawn me in but I’m sure as I become older I will probably use the tool to market myself for possible jobs.
7. Availability: Exactly how do I know you?
I believe that you should have the ability to block people completely and only have the ability to only find others and not be found. This way you do not have unnecessary people or stockers finding you and having to ask them…”Where do I know you from?”
8. Truthfulness: Be the real you, it’s that simple
If ever possible I would love to be able to know, truly know that whoever I was friend requested by or who I was talking to was truly themselves. This would include 54 year old men stating that they are actually 54 and not 22 year old athletes. Simply put: no lying.