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(Credit: Forwarded by Farah Jama of Current Trends WhatsApp Group)

1. *Always learn to appreaciate other people’s posts, even if they are not your friend.* It makes them feel important and encouraged to come up with something more positive.

2. *Never run people down on the platform in a group chat.* You will cause them to withdraw and will never come up with their objective views on issues.

3. *When you see something you don’t like from a member, inbox the person.* Don’t attack him/her on the platform publicly.

4. *Never insult or use unpleasant languages on members.* You expose your uncultured manners and attitude to people and may turn the platform to combat ground.

5. *Be quick to say sorry and apologize when u have erred.* It helps to bring down the tension which your utterances must have created.

6. *Don’t try to enforce your ideas or suggestions on members.* Nobody has monopoly of knowledge, allow majority conclusions to prevail on issues.

7. *Never settle scores with anybody on a general group chat.* It will give others the opportunity to take sides, thereby causing others to withdraw.

8. *When anyone is celebrating, he/she may not need to be your friend before you celebrate with that person.* It’s the spirit of togetherness

9. *Some have the gift of talking and others the gift of reading.* Learn to contribute to the group… Even if it is just using the symbol đź‘Ť… It makes people know that you appreciate the group.

*There are 3 types of posts you will always see on a group chat:*

(A) *Offensive posts*.. Don’t attack the person, it could be a mistake.

(B) *Inspirational/educative posts…*
Commend the person.. Don’t just read and keep quiet.

(C) *Meaningless/wrongly uninformed posts..* Start by appreciating the writer, then correct the information, but don’t hush him up with condemnation.
*#Be kindly affectionate to one another….*

Thank you all for making the group great and alive. Let’s keep accommodating and tolerating one another. 🤚🏽

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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