Do you remember Romper Room? I sure do!
Romper Room originally aired in a few cities throughout the US in the mid 1950′s and became quite popular by the 1960′s with hostess Miss Nancy. In this popular children’s show, the message of right vs wrong was personified by Mr. Do-Bee and Mr. Don’t-Bee. The general rule of thumb for right and wrong in regards to manners hasn’t changed that much over the past six decades and should hold true for how we mind our social media manners as well. Here are just a few examples of how to be a good Do-Bee.
1.) DO get involved in the social media playground. Join in the conversation. Introduce yourselves to new people. DON’T stomp off pouting and decide not to join in. Don’t make judgements while not giving it a chance.
2.) DO be polite and engaging to your online communities. Create a supportive and encouraging environment. DON’T be rude or crude. Don’t post insults to others or be abusive.
3.) DO “speak” when spoken to…do comment on posts and blogs when they “speak” to you. DON’T “speak” about yourself when not appropriate…don’t use others forums for self promotion.
4.) DO remember to thank those who have been kind to you on your blogs or in your comments. DON’T ignore others because you feel that you are somehow more important. Don’t ever think that you are better than others in your community.
5.) DO promote and support others in your communities to show your genuine faith in them. DON’T be ungrateful or selfish by never sharing your communities efforts.
These suggestions seem pretty straight forward and intuitive, don’t they? And they are all applicable in life as well as in the social media world.
So…are you a Do-Bee or a Don’t-Be? And, why? What else would you suggest on the Do-Bee/Don’t-Bee list?