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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.


Anonymous said...

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


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.