Don't Make These Social Media Mistakes at a Conference

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In just a couple of weeks, some of the world’s most influential people will flock to Los Angeles for #BlogHer16. Whenever you get a bunch of social media folks in one place, you can expect to see a lot of tweeting, snapping, and posting. Every moment is an opportunity to get a good picture or video. Since social media is such an integral part of our lives, it can be easy to forget that not everyone uses it in the same way.

Don't Make These Social Media Mistakes at a Conference

When you’re at a professional conference, particularly one that is filled with people who make their living online, there are some courtesy protocols that you’ll want to follow. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you don’t make social media mistakes when you go to a conference.

Don't Tag With Abandon

Ask before you tag someone in a picture online. One of the best parts of attending a social media conference is meeting up with your favorite online people in person. Of course, you have to take a picture to prove the meeting happened. Most people will assume that if they’re in a group photo at #BlogHer16 it will be plastered on someone’s Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook page. Before you post the pic, though, make sure you ask if it’s okay to tag them when you post.

Don't Complain on Social Media

Follow the appropriate channels for issuing a conference-related complaint. What does Murphy’s Law say? Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong?

The team behind #BlogHer16 has been working very hard to ensure a seamless event for everyone involved. However, a conference with over 2,000 attendees that’s being hosted at a hotel is bound to hit a snag or two. Before you take to Twitter to air your grievances about an issue in your room, pick up the phone and call down to the front desk. If there’s a problem with your lunch, send a message to one of the BlogHer representatives to get the help you need.

Believe that everyone behind the scenes wants you to have a positive experience. Give us the chance to help you. When you’re at a conference and looking forward to networking with other bloggers and connecting with brands, a public rant is definitely not the impression you want to lead with.

Don't Forget to Be Kind

Remember that the speakers (yes, even the celebrity keynote speakers) and other attendees are human.

Social media can feel surreal sometimes. Even though you know there’s a real person on the other side of the computer screen, once you get into the groove of tweeting and posting, it can slip your mind.

Sharing your conference experience on social media is a fantastic way to engage your audience in your life as it’s happening. As you’re giving your followers the details on what’s happening at the conference, keep in mind that the speakers you’re sharing about are just like you. They have feelings, emotions, and have spent a lot of time preparing to share their knowledge with you. Being kind to them on social media not only reflects well on you, it’s also the nice thing to do.

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