Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it can be very easy to get caught up in the magic of the day. For some of us, this simply means that you have become a paper craft genius and have eaten enough chocolate to put you in a coma. For others, however, this means that your eyes have glazed over and love has not only taken the wheel to your heart and mind – but also to your better judgment. For those lucky citizens that have landed themselves in the latter group, (don’t worry it happens to the best of us), I give you the Valentine DOS and DON’TS of social media.
DON’T post photos of roses and chocolates on your partner’s pages. First off, what good does this do? You can neither eat nor smell these gifts…it’s a sure way to land yourself a spot on the couch for the rest of the week.
DO visit your local florist’s social media pages to find specials and deals to plan the perfect gift for your loved one. This will give you the thoughtful touch needed, at the right price.
DON’T try and get two dates by talking to two different prospects on separate social media outlets. Haven’t you seen ‘Cheaters’? – This doesn’t work! Believe it or not, people typically are a part of more than one social site and will find out about your little scheme. And if they don’t – their friends will. Which is worse? You decide.
DO visit that lucky someone’s social site to find out more about his or her likes and dislikes. By doing this, you can prepare to wow them on your date with something you know they will love. This is not permission to stalk, however, so keep to the ‘about me’ sections and skip the in depth navigation.
DON’T create a fake girlfriend or boyfriend online to show your friends you have a Valentine. It didn’t work out for Manti Te’o and it’s not going to work out for you. The most you can gain from this is a good month’s worth of embarrassment when the truth finally comes out.
DO commit to a Facebook Official (FBO) relationship status with your real partner if you feel that things are going great and that you’re in it for the long haul. Although it can be scary, sometimes all the other person needs is a romantic social media gesture to feel the love.
DON’T even think about asking someone out via comment or tweet. This is just shouting to the world that you don’t care enough to ask a person out properly. Even a text is a step up from this. Additionally, don’t say yes to someone who asks you out using a comment or a text. Trust me, you can do better.
DO message your crush and ask for his or her number. If you are going to utilize social media for its matchmaking abilities, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and to introduce yourself. Once you’ve made a connection, however, take the main communication channel offline. You’re going to have to talk to them in person anyway, so you might as well get as much practice as you can.
And lastly, DON’T, for the love of Ray J, post half naked or naked photos of yourself onto your social media profiles. This may be the skinniest or most ripped you’ve looked in ages, and you may desperately want to share it with followers in hopes of landing a Valentine, but this special feeling will go away once you realize that this image will be posted on the internet FOREVER. Job search? – Naked picture. Meeting your loved one’s parents? – Naked picture. Telling your kid not to take a naked picture? – Naked picture. These things will follow you around for a lifetime so just refrain.
DO show some self-control. Put your shirt back on and smile for the camera. Who knows who will fall in love with that amazing profile picture that was taken 15 times before it came out just right. These are the pictures you want to show to Grandma, and that are appropriate to share with the world.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and I hope these social media tips keep you on good terms with your loves ones – If only for the day!
By: Dana Andersen, Creatine Marketing
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