Social Media Ethics Rule #1 is to Be Nice. Really?

Pinterest’s #1 “Pin Etiquette” is BE NICE. Really? While I’m not opposed to being respectful and acting responsibly online, I bristle at the idea that respect = “being nice” Would I think differently about it if they had used Kate Bornstein’s rule: “don’t be mean”? Yes.

I glanced quickly at Twitter’s rules and best practices pages. They provide a much different approach to how to engage respectfully and ethically online. Wow. I think there’s a ridiculously long blog post in my future about ethics/etiquette policies on social media sites.

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