Play Nicely

When you are running a business as an author your reputation is everything. A good reputation is a hard thing to achieve and an all too easy thing to lose. Here are my rules for using social media:-

Never go anywhere near Twitter or Facebook when drunk.

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Wine by Denise Mattox courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

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Never give in to the temptation to hit back at someone who has hurt you.

Never Tweet or Post when you are feeling cranky – the result is not going to be pretty.

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Do’h by Kai Chan Vong courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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Always be polite.

Try to thank people for their RTs individually if possible. If you belong to a tweet group you should post a thank you to the group at large.

Remember you are your brand so self edit before you post.

Try to pay good things forward wherever possible.

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Pay It forward by Eli Christman courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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Never respond to criticism by trying to defend yourself.

Don’t post a reply to bad reviews. Take them on the chin and move on.

Don’t take yourself or others too seriously – social media is meant to be fun.

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Smiley-face by John Earl courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

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2 thoughts on “Play Nicely

  1. Akaluv 25/11/2016 / 2:27 am

    This is great advice! Before I never followed tips like this, so it’s something I’m trying to do now.

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