Social Media Etiquette for Seniors


What are older adults doing online? They’re using social media platforms to: Reconnect with long lost friends and relatives Stay in touch with children and grandchildren Talk to family and friends who live far away Find new hobbies and learn about new interests Talk to like-minded people See and share pictures of their children and grandchildren. 5 Rules of Social Media Etiquette, Read More at the Source: Social Media Etiquette for Seniors

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5. Finer Points of Internet Etiquette
You may or may not know that:

  • Writing with CAPS LOCK ON means you’re yelling at someone.
  • Emoji’s (small pictures that express an emotion) are used to show how you’re feeling and can replace words. But if you misuse or overuse them your meaning can be confusing, lost or misinterpreted.
  • Hashtags (a # symbol) are used to categorize and tag pictures and posts so that they can be found again. Misusing or overusing them can be annoying and can make future searches difficult.
  • Tagging someone in a picture (or a post about an event) should only be done when the person is actually in the picture or at the event you’re discussing – and again, don’t overshare information. Make sure the person will be okay with being tagged first.

About the Author – Kimberley Fowler is a writer and editor dedicated to improving seniors’ lives through education, activism, volunteerism and community programs.

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