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Monday, July 9, 2007

Thoughts on social media etiquette

Chris Brogan has many of us thinking about social media etiquette today, especially with respect to Twitter. I definitely recommend reading his post so that my comments here make sense:

As an early adopter of Twitter, I used to get uptight when I saw the proliferation of '@' messages. Now I get it.

My purpose in using Twitter has changed over the months since I started using it. I now use it to participate in conversation, let others know what's going on with me, point to content too large on Twitter, and make/keep in touch with friends.

I've especially enjoyed finding people in my own geographic area through TwitDir.com, and I hope that I can connect through other online means and even meet up with more friends locally in person.

I've decided to use Twitter and other social networks to for relationship-building and personal branding, so knowing how to "take the pulse" of the current climate of a social network is something of value.

2 comments:

Michael Schaffner said...

Etiquette is etiquette. It's all about treating people with respect and dignity. New technologies don't change any of that.

Mike

Dan Schawbel said...

Twitter is a simple tool and in my opinion is the exact same as your AIM away message, just captured in your web browser. I think it's great for those that don't have AIM or if you have a webpage.