Monday, December 5, 2016

A Social Media Quiz for Christmas

To make sure you stay off Santa's Naughty List!
by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I know, nothing like a pop quiz to get us all in the holiday spirit. But don't click away too soon. This quiz is designed to help you evaluate where you are with building an online platform. 

I hope you enjoy my impromptu quiz. To stay on Santa’s nice list, no cheating allowed. 

Take the quiz first, then look at the answers below.

I’ve kept it short because we’re all time-challenged right now.
Read each statement and decide whether following it puts you on the NAUGHTY or NICE list.
Give yourself 2 points for each correct answer.

Naughty or Nice Pop Quiz
1. You try to thank those who follow you on social media.

2. You load your social media updates with hashtags—the more the merrier.

3. You avoid sounding like you're lecturing on your blog by using we and I instead of you.

4. You take time to do a quick typo check before you send out an update.

5. You send out updates, but don’t bother with conversations because they’re too time-consuming.

6. You try to reciprocate when someone mentions you on social media.

7. You use Edie’s 5 to 1 rule about updates to keep your social media from becoming me focused.

8. You have found your social media sweet spot and are concentrating your effort there instead of trying to do everything.

9. You use images you find online without making sure about copyright because they should be all right to use since they're available to the public.

10. You expect people to share your social media updates, but rarely share things from others.

11. You try to be consistent in the time you spend on social media, keeping it to no more than thirty minutes a day.

12. Social media is overwhelming so you only do it when you have to.

13. You watch your social media numbers like a hawk—frequently checking several times a day to see that they’re growing.

14. You try every new social media network that comes along.

15. You utilize a scheduling program to manage your social media updates.

16 points: Perfection!
14-15 points: You’re well on your way to social media success.
11-13 points: You’re headed in the right direction, but it’s time to up your game.
6-10 points: Uh-Oh, you probably need to brush up on some of the basics.
1-5 points: It’s time to spend some time learning how to utilize social media.

Thanks for playing along. Be sure to post your score in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!


1. Yes

2. No

3. Yes

4. Yes

5. No

6. Yes

7. Yes

8. Yes

9. No

10. No

11. Yes

12. No

13. No

14. No

15. Yes

NOTE: the amazing image I used for the featured image is from Their user guidelines state that no attribution is required, but I just couldn't resist giving kudos to the artist!


  1. I have to admit that I am not as good as I would like to be. I have the most difficult time with conversations I think. There are days that I am pretty inspired, but mostly I just do not have the time. Although I realize that time is relative and you have time for what is most important to you. Maybe I need to start setting my priorities a bit smarter :) Thank you for the kick in the pants Edie!! ...oh, and by the way, thanks for the follow!!...sheesh, I am so not good at this!

    1. Lisa, it's a balance. Really we don't have to spend a lot of time each day when we're consistent. But I know that's so much easier to say than to do! Blessings, E

  2. Great way to evaluate. Thank you so much.

    1. Cherrilynn, I'm so glad it was helpful! Blessings, E

  3. Replies
    1. Carol - that's awesome!!!! Blessings, E

  4. Edie,
    I'm still incorporating the tips that you taught me last month. I scored 14! I really need to start incorporating Hootsuite. Great quiz.

  5. I got 13 of the questions right. Yay me. lol Thanks for the checklist!

    Okay this may be a dumb question, but should I really thank everyone who follows me on twitter or facebook? I find that the "Thanks for the follow, @someone!" type tweets tend to come off as insincere. When someone follows me I try to take the time to check their feed and either comment, like/favorite, or share/retweet something from their posts. Is that not enough?

    1. Kathleen, there are no dumb questions! As long as you're engaging with those who follow you - and you are - then you're doing great. You don't need to also thank them. Thanking someone for a follow isn't insincere. The insincere part is asking them to now do something for us when we thank them - like follow a blog, buy a book or something else. That's what auto-responders do on Twitter. People know if you haven't asked them to do something, then you're probably really the one thanking them. Blessings, E