Social Media Wisdom
A few months ago I made a conscious decision to change my social media habits and be much less confrontational. I had noticed that I was getting into arguments on Twitter for no real reason at all beyond wanting to be *right*. I drew up some “rules” for myself and started trying to exercise them.
- Don’t snipe at people whose tweets you don’t like. Just because someone says something you disagree with doesn’t mean that you have to tell them.
- Just because someone snipes at you on Twitter doesn’t mean you have to respond. When people started asking me provocative questions on Twitter I simply referred them to the FAQ page on my website and invited them to ask any more questions through the contact page. And frankly, 140 characters is not the best format to have in-depth conversations on human sexual identity is it?
- The block button is a wonderful thing. If someone keeps on bugging you despite the fact that you’ve made it very clear you’d rather have the conversation via email or some other medium, just remove them from your stream. It’s so easy.
- Use Twitter constructively rather than destructively – At the same time as making these changes to my negative behaviours I also started inviting prayer requests for Morning and Evening Prayer. I don’t do this every day as given my day job I sometimes don’t even have time for asking the question, but I find it a brilliant way to be able to be a positive part of people’s lives and to share in what’s going on. And it’s a great focus for actually praying properly.
I think my social media presence has improved for the better since the start of the year by adopting these simple but powerful rules. Yes, I’m still cheeky and provocative at times, but overall by being more cautious about engaging with those I disagree with and not so quick to jump in I think I have a much more acceptable online profile.
What tools / rules have you found help your interaction on social media?