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Five Tips For Your Social Media Neighborhood

Just like the community in which you live, social media neighborhoods are created by the people who inhabit them.

Here at, for example, we feel we have one of the best online communities on the planet, but making a difference in your social media community or neighborhood has to do with your effort and the efforts of your fellow members to make them good places to interact and network.

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With this in mind, here are five tips for improving your social media neighborhood where ever it might be:

1. Be kind

Call it Karma or the golden rule. Names are less important than the idea that how you treat others in the community will likely impact how you are treated in return. So kind words and encouragement in your comments to other members will have an overall positive effect and build the community as well. This doesn’t mean there will be no disagreements, but setting the tone for your neighborhood with a note of kindness will certainly encourage others to do the same.

2. Be courteous

Avoid making comments only about you and your brand or business. Think about the reputation a person who is discourteous gains in an offline community. How do you feel about those in your neighborhood or community organizations who are rude, selfish and unthinking in their treatment of others? When networking in online communities, this behavior can become part of your brand. Ask yourself how you wish to be perceived by others.

3. Be considerate

One of the best ways to determine whether you are being kind and courteous to others in your online communities as well as offline is to try to be considerate of others’ feelings. Think about how the things you post may make others feel before you post them. It also means considering how others might feel if you litter their online community with spam and unrelated comments and posts. (How would you feel about your neighbor carelessly littering on your street or in front of your house without considering your feelings.)

4. Be Respectful

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It’s doubtful that cutting another community member down with a disrespectful comment or post will win many points or improve the quality of the online community in which you participate any more than feuding with one or more neighbors will improve the quality of the offline community in which you live. Speak your mind but always with respect for others. Remember, the idea of an online community is to engage others in conversation not end the conversation through disrespectful comments.

5. Be helpful

Above all, try to be helpful the way you might be helpful in your own offline neighborhood by donating generously to local organizations who serve the entire community and volunteering your time when necessary to help out as well. You can do this online by sharing helpful articles and posts that will help everyone and by “favoriting” or bookmarking the submissions of others you found helpful. Let your community see that you’re not just in it for yourself. You may be surprised at the generosity you receive in return.

( is a social media site dedicated to news and information of interest to the small business community. If you are a small business owner, we invite you to join us and help make our online “neighborhood” a better place for small business leaders from around the world.)

3 thoughts on “Five Tips For Your Social Media Neighborhood

  • Shawn,

    Thanks for another great, info-packed posting on the manners and behaviors associated with Social Media in general and BizSugar in particular.

    You have drawn an excellent analogy between SM/BizSugar and neighborhoods and communities. Sometimes we forget that because we are online that our behaviors are less impactful but it’s not true. Helfulness and hurtfulness are just as impactful in electronic media. There also seems to be a certain anonymity on the Web whereby people feel that they can say and do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do or say in the public realm…the result can oftentimes be hurtful.

    I must say that in BizSugar I have found my community…it is, in my mind, a respectful place, one where I have made numerous contacts and friendships and one in which I continue to learn from others’ articles on a daily basis.

    Thanks for a greaat post,


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