What happened to #Twitter & Social Etiquette?
October 28, 2011 Leave a comment
The continued growth of social media has led to wide spread adoption but something that seems to have been lost is the simple Thank You! As an early adopter of social engagement there was always an awareness to be courteous to others. I have noticed lately that it seems we have forgotten how to communicate and resulted in shouting at each other to see who can be the loudest. I think we underestimate the power of the simple Thank You. Thank you for the retweet, Thank you for the follow, Thank you for the mention. Isn’t this basic politeness that we were all taught as children? So why would social engagement any different. It isn’t but often forgotten. It is not any secret that the purpose of social engagement is to build relationships and trusting relationships at that. If this isn’t your intention then you may as well walk in circles talking to yourself outside a Walmart because that is how you will appear to others.
Now that Halloween is approaching and a snowy one at that here in New England, I realize that even the neighborhood children don’t say “Trick or Treat” any more. They just open their bag and expect delivery. And more often than not there isn’t even a simple Thank you. So, I will be handing out my own bag of tricks this year to those who don’t follow some simple Halloween etiquette. Don’t want to say “Trick or Treat”? Ok, then you get to pick from the condiment bag I borrowed from my favorite fast food joints. Oh, you look like a little Devil, here’s a package of hot sauce. Oh, look another narcissistic princess in training, here you go kiddo have some expired mayo and a package of relish.
I am afraid my sarcasm is coming though but you get the point. There were some simple Twitter etiquette rules we use to follow. You follow me, I follow you. You retweet, I say thank you. All of these simple rules allow you to build a better trusting relationship with others so when you do have something important to say some will listen. Now if you don’t mind me politely excusing myself I need to get back to mumbling to myself outside of Walmart.