For this blog, we were to take the template created by Melanie McBride and adapt it to create our own social media contract.
MY SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
1. Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect
I would really like to have an introduction to new people who want to connect. I generally don’t accept connections unless I know the person. On Facebook for example, I can view profiles and some personal information of someone requesting to be my friend. However, on Twitter, I am constantly getting notifications of these random people following me. I’d much rather have an introduction and know what their reason for connecting is.
2. Follow, add, friend:
For me, it depends on who the person is as to if I’ll follow them or add them as well. The person could simply be nosy! In that case, I may not accept them at all. I don’t find value in have 1,000,000,000 friends that I never talk to. Instead, I’d rather only add people that I actually have an interest in keeping up with and connecting with.
3. Privacy, boundaries and safety:
The main website I use is Facebook. I have my privacy settings pretty strict. People can only see my profile picture and a little bit of basic information. For my friends, however, they have an unlimited view of my page. Since I know them, I don’t mind if they see what I’m doing or look at pictures that I post. However, I don’t put anything too personal on there. In the end, I decide what goes on my page. So, if I think it’s too personal, I won’t post it on there.
4. Signal to noise:
I do have a few issues with status updates. I don’t think it’s necessary to have multiple updates everyday. It bothers me when people treat their status as an ‘away from my computer message’. For example, they start their day by telling Facebook exactly what they’ll be doing all do. Why? It seems pretty pointless to me. Also, why would you tag yourself in your own pictures? Nine times out of ten, the people looking at them already know who you are.
5. Personal data and sharing:
For me, sharing is about staying connected with friends. When I was younger, I was into adding people I didn’t know and getting to know them based on some common interest. Now, I just want to stay in touch with people I went to high school with or friends in other states.
6. My networking needs and uses:
Facebook is the website I use most. I know all of my friends. If I post something, somebody will likely comment on it. Before Facebook, I used Myspace. I used it to stay connected also. My Twitter account was created only for FYE 1220. My friends don’t use Twitter, so my page is pretty boring and inactive. I used it to connect with a few classmates during the class, but it just doesn’t fit me. Most of the time, I have too much to say and not enough room to write it.
7. Your criteria here:
If you don’t have something nice to say, then keep it to yourself. Why would I want that on my page?
8. Your criteria here:
Save the drama for your mama! I can’t stand when people argue through Facebook. Keep your drama private!