Sharing good stuff isn't an easy thing for some folks. For instance, sharing thoughts online without being a waste of 140 characters or less (that nobody will ever care about) isn't easy for certain people. We've all done it a time or two, I know I have, and what's worse is that we have a public record of it with the exact time and date of when we've committed these social travesties. So, in my opinion we need to set some guidelines when posting things online and especially on social media platforms.
"I think you should have to get a license to be on twitter, because some people are so #$*!%@ boring that they should shut up."
Here are only a few standards designers could try to live by:
- Stay away from politics. Agnostic opinions concerning politics will save you from being hated. Sharing political views to the world and your friends is like sharing a syringe needle when you've got some kind of contagious disease, it will spread and they'll never talk to you again.
- Be kind. If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all. Complementing on other people's insights or findings is great too, but be sure to share what their message is and give credit.
- Limit your conversations. No one wants to read a long message thread on where you and a friend should meet up for lunch.
Sharing Your Work
- Careful with the shameless self promotion. It's one thing to be proud of your work and another to appear as if you're desperately trying to get attention.
- Share your process. Sharing how you arrived can be a much better story than just the end product.
- Be selective with what you show. The kind of work you show reflects the kind of work you'll get. So if you show something you hated to work on because the kind of work it was, the kind of client it involved, etc. that's what you'll be getting for your next project.
Sharing Your Inspiration
- Give credit. This includes crediting the person who shared it with you as well if possible. It never hurts to also let the creator of your inspiration know that you are posting about it if you are putting it up on your blog.
- Don't be a repeat. I know it's hard, but really try not to post something that everyone and their dog has seen already. Retweets & repins are great tools, but use caution.
- Find inspiration outside of graphic design to share. Take lots of photos, get away from the desk, find other hobbies. Then bring those back and share with us.
Be safe, share responsibly. These are just a few things I've noticed we all could do better on. Are there any more rules to add on to this list? Any to take out? What are your thoughts on online sharing?