In each social media environment, there are patterns of behavior.

There are good patterns of behavior.

There are bad patterns of behavior.

Social media owners, moderators, and group participants recognize both the good and bad patterns of behavior.

Those who seek to use social media platforms for their intended usage, enjoy witnessing those who use social media the right way.

Those who seek a more self-centered purpose - even to the detriment of the platforms they are on - use social media poorly, and jeopardize the platform for all users.

The first group could be called social media environmentalists.

The second group could be called a whole bunch of names - none worthy of sharing with a "PG 13" audience.

But, think about this: patterns of behavior don't just come into existence without a cause, without a stimulus.

Someone must conceive, create, and cause the propagation of both the good and the bad behaviors we see.

If we see what I call "profile stamping" on Ning, where a member will go to dozens upon dozens of profiles and stamp the same banal message with the same graphic over and over and over, some bad social media teacher taught them to do that.

If we see what I call ""hi" stamping" on Yahoo Groups, where hundreds of members attempt to sign up for private, moderated groups just by saying, "Hi", some bad social media teacher taught them to do that.

If we see what I call "toll boothing " on Linkedin, where some "enterprising" Linkedin member wants to charge you a fee for a service that is free, some bad social media teacher taught them to do that.

If we see what I call "invitationitis" rampant on any number of social media platforms, where people without any modicum of self-control seem to indiscriminately invite just for the heck of inviting, some bad social media teacher taught them to do that.

There is no shortage of other bad social media behavior we could add to the above list - feel free to add yours - but, I love that the word "teach" literally means "to show". So, if someone is showing you bad social media behavior then, they are bad social media teachers.

And this, too: since the word teach means to show, what are you teaching those who are watching what you're showing them on these social media platforms?

+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!

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Edgar, my friend:

You certainly know how to get THIS American to SMILE! :-) lol

And I thank you for that! 

More seriously: I'm with you 100% in our striving to be good teachers.  

The challenge is that social media students don't have an easy time of telling the good teachers from the bad teachers ... and if they are unfortunate enough to get bitten by a bad teacher, they may erroneously conclude that ALL social media teachers are bad ... and thus, miss out on the POWERFUL benefits they can receive from an efficient/effective use of the ever-growing social media

Or, without sorting the teachers, they simply start applying the bad habits.

Re my example about a 1000 connections, I have more than that, but I have them for a reason, and I have built over time. Can get back to that in a separate thread. It was just ONE example of bad teachers.

That was a great example, Edgar.  

As I've been discussing since about 2005, I believe the conversation in terms of connection size should be centered around the SHAPE of our connections. (You'd have to have a MIGHTY BIG FORK to carry  the same volume of water as you could with a much smaller spoon. So, saying: "I have a BIG fork for us to sip our coffee/tea with.." may SOUND impressive or effective ... until ... the spoon outperforms it...)

First, as always, thank you, Vincent.

In my experience, the best way to interact with folks online (i.e. using social media) is to behave as I would in face-to-face/real life.  

For example, to say/write "Please" and "Thank you", to be considerate of others in "Comments", not to respond in anger, to listen, learn and share openly, etc.

While the form and/or format of conversations may be different via social media, they're still conversations and, I believe, are best thought of in that real-life context.

In addition, since (online) one never really knows "who is listening" to one's various posts, comments and all - best to come from the high side (and not from a sense of paranoia; but, rather from an understanding of being "overheard").

What say you, please?

100% SOLID advice, Jessan!  Excellent!

Two places that I use "Please":


Also, to always thank my readers, I put a variant of "Thank you" in my signature file:


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