If you’re like me, you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions and wondering, “Do I really have to make them? Will I keep them?”
This New Year, I’m recommending some Netiquette New Year’s resolutions that will keep the “social” in social media and will help you retain a following while keeping proper etiquette on the Internet.
1. Use spell check before sending your email, posting your blogpost, or Facebook update. That extra step will make the difference when you’re trying to make a first impression.
2. Never, and I mean never ever text while driving. No text is worth dying for.
3. Once you arrive on a date, turn your mobile phone off, or at least move it to vibrate and place it in your purse or wallet. You don’t want your date to think you’re waiting for “plan b.”
4. Respond to emails within 24-hours. Even if you don’t have an answer to their question, let them know you are working on it and will get back to them. It’s just proper etiquette to do so.
5. Ask for a friends request on Facebook to someone you truly do know. If they are an acquaintance, make sure you personalize the request. It isn’t about numbers. It’s about engaging in a meaningful way.
As we move into the next decade, we wish you much joy and happiness in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam.