How to Lose Credibility in Less Than A Minute: Netiquette 101


Social media thrives on our voyeuristic tendencies. Granted. However, the intriguing part of it all is how readily entertaining, amusing, perplexing –and sometimes just plain creepy peoples’ behavior can be when granted apparent Sanctuary behind the smokescreen of their computer.

Here are a few peculiar practices I’ve observed that truly grind peoples’ gears:

1. Flooding Someone’s News Feed: If I do not know you or we are not actually friends in reality (or any other public realm for that matter), why the incessant requests, comments, Likes or follows (stalk much?). And why/how are we connected? Expecting engagement from a stranger is rather strange. Pun intended.

2. Goodbye: Ahh, the proverbial Unfriend; Unfollow. It is infantile to blithely assume your actions are separate and inconsequential to the motive/s behind someone click-deleting you. I’m curious to see if this year’s AP Stylebook will include Unfollow in the Social Media section.

3. Delusion: Some people truly are enamored with the sound of their own voice. Case in point: spectacularly tone-deaf American idol auditioners. The question is, what are you saying, how are you saying it, and who is your intended audience? Can and are they listening?

4. Spamming: Blowing up someone’s Facebook with Farmville requests or poking them like it’s your job is an excellent way to make their blood boil. Users will assume you are either a robot or spammer and run for the hills. (After reporting and/or blocking you).

5. Uncharismatic, Uninspiring, Ungrateful: Automatic DMs (direct messages) or follows on Twitter are impersonal and slovenly. Are you even reading others’ handles or profiles?  Clearly you are either too important or complacent to trifle with the arduous task of sending a thank you or one-liner personal note.

6. Me, Myself and I: Shameless self-promotion, reposting last year’s article 200 times in 2 minutes and irrelevant oversharing will either make people laugh or unequivocally infuriated.  They’ll just move to another, less self-absorbed sandbox.

7. Follows: It’s okay not to follow someone when they follow you, and usually it’s not personal. But loftily ignoring frequent attempts from students or others reaching out to create or simply learn from/with you is just rude and unnecessary.

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