Social Media Etiquette
// Posted by Allison on 03/23/2012 (6:31 PM)
After our discussion last week about our generation creating “rules” for using websites such as Facebook and Twitter I did a little research to see if there was any information about these rules that we all feel the need to abide by. However, you are not penalized for breaking these rules. For instance, your Facebook will not be deleted if you post unflattering pictures of your friends. Rather, these are essentially guidelines for “how to be cool”.
I find the rules of Facebook to be particularly interesting because it is something that we are users generated. We decided as a collective that it isn’t cool to update your statues to tell you “friends” what you are doing every hour on the hour. We made the space what we want it to be used for. No one told us how we had to use it, we decided how it would be used. Now that younger people are join will they shape the way facebook is used for them and their age group? Or will our rules be an overarching governing tool? It seems to me that the rules we have established are universal–not just among friend groups. So will these rules change as time goes on? Or will they remain relevant as years go by?
I even find it interesting that we felt the need to establish rules. Is that because our generation grew up with so many rules? Don’t run with a lollipop in your mouth, don’t leave the yard, don’t play in the mud, etc… Perhaps we’re just a generation of rules?