Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you also spend time on Twitter or Facebook or some other social networking site. I got a press release from “business relationship and marketing expert” Drew Gerber, CEO of PitchRate.com, pointing out some common pitfalls people make in social networking.
I thought he made some good points, so I’m going to share:
1. Don’t be stingy. Be interested in what others are up to and share. Many people forget to share and only promote themselves. Take an interest in the person behind the code.
2. Share your toys. For every one tip you get; provide 12. Don’t worry, there’s more from where that came from. What goes around comes around.
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3. Remember the Golden Rule. It’s easy to talk badly about someone online, but avoid it. Be kind and treat the person the same way as you would if they were in front of you.
4. Let everyone play. Often online can turn into a high school clique situation; the people who are most successful are those who are inclusive vs. exclusive.
5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. People gravitate toward humor.
6. Try something new. Everyone is bored of hearing/reading the same thing over and over again.
7. The biggest pitfall, Drew might add, is saying you are very busy in a business relationship and then you post nonsense time-wasters like “do you know me quizzes” or guess my favorite movie.