Social Media remember the “Golden Rule”

Climbers helping each other to climb the mountain
Climbers helping each other to climb the mountain

While it is useful to discuss Social Media etiquette and how to tweak your privacy setting in order to protect your self online.  Remembering the “Golden Rule” is a universal principle of communication whether it is online or face to face that will provide all the universal protection that one needs.  I am not particularly religious but the ‘Golden Rule”‘epitomises the wisdom of the ages. The ‘Golden Rule’ can be found within the laws of most cultures and moral codes of most religions.  It is universal in its application.  It knows no race, sexual preference, gender.  It is another way of saying put yourself in another person’s shoes.

Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself

The ‘Golden Rule’ should be considered a guiding principle when deciding how to behave online.


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Develops Self Control

To practice the ‘Golden Rule’ is an act of respect for ourselves and others.  In the Social Media age to honour this principle requires a terrific amount of self-control. Once this challenge is overcome and the first selfish pang over our real enjoyment comes.  When you are online avoid saying anything about another person that you would not be prepared to say face to face.

Develops Optimism

Optimism inspired the Golden Rule and teaches us that optimism is self-fulfilling.  We all need help at times and if we practice helping others we will be amply rewarded. The optimist goes about their daily task cheerfully.  Responsibility and self-discipline seems a pleasure.

Good for Business

The setting of our complex, technological world we need today the Golden Rule.  Our social media worlds whether our preference is Facebook or Linkedin, Pinterest, Whatsapp, are communities.  What is the Golden Rule?  Simply be a good neighbour.    Why should not our online lives be done in a perfectly open, honourable and respectful manner.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment


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