Social Networking EtiquettePosted by Antonia
Since we’re talking about networking today, let’s not forget to address our alter-reality that exists in digital form. Online social networking is still in its adolescence but is developing a lengthy set of rules of its own. Defining the lines among business, personal and extra curricular activities becomes more ambiguous with technology, and while we use software and apps to communicate with others, how we use those tools should be considered very carefully. Granted, because this is such a quickly developing field, even the platforms upon which we communicate can have their own quirks and drawbacks. So not only is it important to stay up-to-date with online etiquette, it is just as important to understand the subtleties of the technologies being used. Choosing the best platform and understanding how it works is a large part of the online etiquette challenge. So before you sign on to LinkedIn, facebook, Twitter, Google +, think about how and why you are using this tool. After all, you are essentially marketing yourself and should want to make the best and most appropriate display possible. Check the following links for some commentaries on social networking etiquette.
A Forbes India article outlines the basics of social networking and in addition to stating the importance of learning the etiquette, it states that the lingo is also as key when learning how to navigate the online world.
Babbage from the Economist, writes a playful parallel of real and virtual life etiquette analogies called “Rules of Engagement”
C.G. Lynch of www.cio.com has put together a list of rules pertaining to “How to introduce yourself and others politely” online.