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The Social Media Love Manifesto

Food for thought — as technical developers on the world wide web, we spend a majority of our time thinking about how to make web pages function properly, or look good. But, as professionals in the industry, an element we should always be thinking about is how WE function/behave on the internet, particularly in these evolved days of uber-social-connection.

To that end, Joel Postman, principal of a company called Socialized, drafted up a “Social Media Love Manifesto”, which is basically a promise to oneself that one will interact kindly with others, out there in the big wide open world of Social Networking. The meat of the manifesto is copied and pasted below; to view the full article, visit this link: My Social Media Love Manifesto, By Joel Postman

Why Create A Social Media Love Manifesto?
While many claim that Web 2.0 and social media have brought with them new and uncharted terrain, where etiquette is defining itself with each advance and new rules are being written every day, the line between the online world and the real world was largely erased a long time ago, and there is no longer any reason for two sets of moral and ethical guidelines.

The people we “meet” in our online interactions are real people. They probably own a computer or two, write a blog or participate in a social network, and through the social media filter we see only glimpses of them, but that does not mean that they are not real, or that we are in any way excused from treating them like any other person we would meet.

How I Can Make a Difference

I have therefore resolved that when writing on my blog, or when using any other form of social media, when calling into question the conduct of a specific, identifiable person,
I will:

  • Base my comments on the facts, and make reasonable efforts to gather all of the relevant facts before weighing in on a controversial discussion.
  • Weigh carefully the value of any comments I choose to make against the potential for harm.

And I will not:

  • Make assumptions about people’s motivations.
  • Generate controversy for its own sake.
  • Join others by superficially “piling on” when someone is under attack

I will always strive to:

  • Treat people online with the respect and kindness I would extend to a friend or colleague.
  • Take time regularly to leave a supportive comment on a blog or acknowledge someone positively in a public forum.

~ “Let’s Be Careful Out There!” ~