A 3-Step Guide To Apologizing On Social Media (Yes, Taylor Swift Got It Right!)

by Vanessa Luis

Saying you're sorry, whether online or offline, is not just about the actits also about owning up toyour mistake and taking responsibility for it. It takes a lot of guts and confidence to man-up (or, in this case, woman-up) to your errorespecially when it's on social media in front of the whole world.Yes, were referring to the Twitter war between award-winning artists Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.Our previous post talks about the feud and what went on between these two ladies. But things took a different turn when Nicki tweeted back to Taylor saying it wasnt meant for her at all!

Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13

Everyone could see the cold vibes surrounding the two, but what really happened in the end was both surprising and sweet. All it took was one heartfelt apology to end the war.After hearing from Nicki, Taylor didn't seem to hold a grudge and quickly apologized for the whole misunderstanding, saying:
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
So that is how the cat fight finally ended. And, of course, you cant miss Minajs gracious reply, either.
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 ?????? NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
We all know how great an effort it takes to apologize, and how much tougher it becomes when everything is on public display. These days we carelessly use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to vent out all our feelings. But when we realize we are wrong, aswas the case with Taylor, we should be able to keepour ego aside and do the right thing (we appreciate Tay Tay for doing that).For all such online disasters, here are three things to remember:
  1. Speed: The sooner you do it, the better. Do it before matters escalate and the person feels hurt or retaliates by launching a public attack.
  2. Sincerity: Don't just brush off your behavior with a pretend apology. Be genuine, or be willing to face the consequences. Never supply excuses, because it dilutes your apology and looks like you're trying to blame something or someone else.
  3. Solution: Want to make your apology even more effective? Repair the damage you've done. Charity, active participation in helping the people you've offended, or even a public declaration of your mistake should do the trick.
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