5 Tips for DISCUSSING Politics on Social Media

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Sometimes whenever we discuss things we’re passionate about, conversations will get heated. One topic to tread carefully with is politics, particularly when it involves social media.

The 3rd and final U.S. presidential debate is tonight in Boca Raton, Fla. But before you try Twitter or Facebook to talk about your opinions about the candidates and what they state, stop and have yourself this: Would I say this to a customer or business partner? You can forget that what’s said over social media is seen to everyone, and may grow to be embarrassing as well as disastrous for your brand.

If the leadership at your company feels strongly about publicly supporting an applicant over social media, do so with a straightforward statement such as for example, “Acme Rocket Company is proud to aid Wiley Coyote for president, we anticipate the near future.” But, in most cases, don’t socialize personal opinions from a corporate brand if you don’t will be the brand itself. Adhere to your individual Twitter or Facebook page for that sort of thing.

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Unless you think an individual post could cause trouble, think about what happened after home appliance company KitchenAid sent an errant tweet about Obama’s deceased grandmother through the first debate. The backlash was so severe that KitchenAid’s senior director had to try Twitter herself, apologizing and fielding each of the abuse.

If you cannot resist the temptation to socialize your ideas on the debate, and politics generally on your own personal social media pages, listed below are five rules to check out:

1. Don’t insult anyone. Avoid calling an applicant, or somebody who supports him, a moron or any other negative term. Instead, discuss who you like and just why. Avoid posts that say “so therefore is a good because” and get one of these tactile approach such as for example “I love so therefore because he means this or have successfully done this or that.”

2. Be of an open mind. Even though many people align themselves with a definite party they are able to sometimes be amazed to discover that the other party supports conditions that are essential to them aswell. Approach social media with the mindset you want to learn how many other people think or feel, and just why. There is absolutely no right or wrong.

3. Don’t argue. Understand that communication goes global over social media. When you argue, things can escalate quickly, and you will run into as ignorant and even arrogant to somebody who may be a potential client.

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4. Retweet and share articles or posts by trusted, non-biased news sources. If there’s something you are feeling you will need to get out there, this is often a softer method of expressing yourself. And it allows friends and family and followers to learn more and choose for themselves.

5. Don’t make an effort to change people’s minds. People generally can’t stand being told what things to think — in-person or higher social media. Instead, share facts (but ensure you check your facts first) and study from one another so everyone could make informed, intelligent decisions — particularly when it involves politics.

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