In the fast-paced world of social media, it’s bound to happen. You send a personal tweet from your company’s Twitter account instead of your own. Or you post something on Facebook that you later realize was short-sighted or easy to misinterpret. Or there’s always that unfortunate typo.
How do you fix a social media mistake?
Obviously, the best solution is not to make a mistake in the first place. But the fact is that, in spite of our best efforts, mistakes are going to happen. By planning ahead for the inevitable, you’ll be able to act responsibly and move ahead.
A recent Mashable article by Zachary Sideman gives some excellent pointers. I’ve adapted some of his ideas and added a few of my own to provide some solid tips when you’re faced with a social media mistake.
Respond as quickly as possible
In social media, particularly on Twitter, an hour or two is an eternity. Even if you’re able to remove the content from your own Facebook page, it’s still out there. If you realize you’ve made a mistake, respond as soon as possible.
Monitor the response