Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Comment Game
When you post something on social media, the goal is to get others to share and respond. If you are anything like me, you get so excited when someone comments on your post. I always get a nervous anticipation, hoping that the response is something nice. However, in today's world of free speech and entitled people, some of the comments are not always nice. Here are some tips for when someone wants to play "The Comment Game".
Sometimes people have a bad day and something you said could set their emotions off. The best thing you can do is try not to be offended when someone posts something rude or upsetting. If you discover that someone's comment has made you angry, step away for a few minutes before you rashly respond with mean words. After you have given yourself ample time to process, look at the comment again and determine a respectful way to reply.
In "The Art of Social Media" by Guy Kawasaki, he states that anything beyond two responses is an argument. As much as you might believe that you are correct or vice versa, some people just have a desire to fight on social media. Do not give in to these people! Not only will it make you look bad, but it could upset other people. Always try to be the person that takes the higher road of kindness and respect.
If someone responds to your post with incorrect or degrading information, ask them if they have dealt with the topic you are discussing, themselves. Often, the answer is no. This will show others viewing the conversation that you take your topics seriously and do your research.
Not all comments are bad all the time. Sometimes people will agree with you completely and respond to thank you for posting or sharing. It is always nice to respond to these people and let them know that you appreciate their feedback and support. However, if the responses become too long or off-topic, take the conversation to a private message.
There are so many tricky situations when dealing with social media. Without being able to see the person or hear their tone of voice, often messages can be misinterpreted. Always try to assume the best in people in these circumstances. On the other hand, if it is a person that has been confrontational before, discuss with them privately why they are so upset with your posts. If you do not get a logical response, don't be afraid to block that person.