Social networks may seem like informal settings, but they should be treated with the same respect as any public place of business.

Proper online etiquette is critical for many reasons. A careless tweet or post can alienate your loved ones and jeopardize your job.

From preteens to senior citizens, every major age group is plugged-in to social media networking, keeping in touch with old friends, or seeking out new connections.

Here are ten essential rules of social media etiquette.

Watch the video to find out more.