Social Media Etiquette - The Art of Curation and Sharing

By: Kelly Smith; Photos by Brooke Dennis and Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

When blogging first hit the scene it was all about curation and sharing ideas, plans, and life stories. It was very messy and raw and yet a beautiful community was born. With that community came mutual understanding and common etiquette for acknowledging each other's work and artistic contributions. 

One of the biggest etiquette rules is crediting and linking any photo or piece of information that is not original to the author. That seems simple enough and really basic as far as common scene and knowledge of copy right infringement is intact. 

5 Rules to Follow When Sharing Other People's Content

Here is what you need to know:

  1. Always give credit - and if you can't find who the original author was then please don't share. 
  2. Ask if it's okay - you may not always get a response but there might be a reason why the original author doesn't want you to share and if that is the case they will let you know. 
  3. Tag or link back to their site, Instagram account, or other social media outlet. Make it easy for your audience to find more information. 
  4. Help each other out. If you see a photo that is not tagged or is incorrectly tagged, go ahead and send a friendly reminder to the person posted. We should all have each others back. 
  5. Be positive. If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all - at least not publicly. 

Sharing each other's work can be such an uplifting and encouraging experience for everyone involved. We blog because we like to get feedback, and sharing is a high five worthy compliment.

So look around and see who is accomplishing wonderful things and then pass those high fives around like confetti at a party.