20 Commandments of Social Media

Original post at Live Digitally.

Sorry, too good not to repost for my legions of fans :) Thanks Eve and the Geeklist.

September 9th, 2008 by Jeremy Toeman

1. Thou Shalt Avoidest Using the Term Social Media, Except When Specifically Discussing Social Media

2. Thou Shalt Not Use Thine Blog or Twitter Purely to Show Off About all the Cool People Thou Know, nor the Secrets Thou Art Entrusted With

3. Thou Shalt Not Use Twitter in Conjunction With a Service Which Updates Itself Automatically and Frequently

4. Thou Shalt Not Complain When Thine Family Professes Ignorance of the Contents of Thine Blog

5. Thou Shalt Not Put Embarrassing Photos of Thine Self on Thine Facebook Page, for They Shalt Be Easily Found in the Future

6. Thou Shalt Not Be a Bad Commentor, Nor Shalt Thou Be a Sycophantic Fool

7. Thou Shalt Not Exclaim With False Surprise at Quantity of Thine Followers

8. Thou Shalt Not Assume That all Humans use FriendFeed

9. Thou Shalt Not Poke, Bite, Nor Throweth Sheep, Yet Thou Mayest Be a Pirate

10. Thou Shalt Not Forward Urban Myths. Ever

11. Thou Shalt Not Create Video Podcasts of Thineself With a Duration Countable in Minutes

12. Thou Shalt Not Befriend all People Thou Hast Ever Encountered, No Matter How Briefly

13. Thou Shalt Not Describe New Startups as the Blank of Blank, Nor the Killer of Blank, Nor the Social Blank, nor the Blank 2.0

14. Thou Shalt Not Spend Thine Day Reading Blogs, Leaving Comments, Writing Tweets, Updating Facebook Statuses, and then Complain About Thine Busy Schedule

15. Thou Shalt Not Assume That All Content Received in Email or Read on Web Pages is Factually Accurate

16. Thou Shalt Not Asketh a Question on Twitter When a Simple Google Search Wouldst Suffice

17. Thou Shalt Not Confuse Transparency With Invasion of Privacy

18. Thou Shalt Not Transform Bloggers' Names Into Verbs, Such as Scoble-ized or Louis Gray-ed

19. Thou Shalt Enjoy Thine Internet Fame (if Bestowed), for it is Surely Fleeting

20. Thou Must Never, Ever, Whine About the Sacred TechMeme. It is All-Seeing and All-Powerful and Must Not Be Questioned


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