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Social media chivalry

Either if you use the social media to promote your business or just to flirt around there are a variety of rules specific to social networking that you have to follow if you want chivalry to prevail.

In this article I present the cardinal guidelines of social networking to avoid being discourteous.

 

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There is a certain cadence people expect you to have when you social network and if you exceed it you piss them off.

For example, I haven’t seen anyone go above five tweets per day and be popular.

Remember, is important to be smart and fun but is way more important to be modest.

The first rule then can be set as following: firmly avoid talking about the same thing everyone else is talking.

 

Reply

 

If you talk to someone and that person simply don’t answer back there are two options, is deaf or the most uneducated person you’ve ever met.

When someone sends you a message you’re supposed to write back.

I know it might seem like common sense or even just basic human decency but some individuals doesn’t seems to be grown in a human environment and need to be told about this.

 

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It’s ok being an anti-social monster or a sick maniac depressive that doesn’t want human interaction but try to hide it, act normal so we don’t realize it.

So remember, if one of us, the normal people, talks to you, the weirdo, then you just say something back.

It’s simple. Is not hard, you can do it.

There is of course an exception: Blackberry users.

For the 5 of you out there that join me in the Blackberry use, please don’t feel that pressure since your phone is probably hiding most of the interactions you have.

A couple of weeks ago I found almost 19 Google chat conversations inside my satanic phone.

Conversations filled with questions, demands and increasingly desperate pleas for a response.

Another warning regarding the ‘Always reply’ rule is that it gets a little harder on weekends.

 

Be concise

 

One of the big benefits of social media is the opportunity to be short and simple, so use it.

Be careful, don’t go to the other side and respond to a ten word question with ‘Yes’.

Use common sense, read your message a couple times before sending it and ask yourself how you would interpret this if you were the other person.

 

Punctuation

 

Everybody likes proper punctuation.

Punctuation is not a matter of taste, how you punctuate something can make a big difference in how it’s interpreted.

‘Ok’ feels a lot different from ‘ok!!’

Punctuation is an important part of establishing the mood you’re in when writing.

 

Chat

 

Never, ever, log into a chat, get a request to begin chatting, ignore that request and go offline.

To the person on the other end it can come across as a network error or they can assume that you are a horrible person.

Noblesse oblige I admit to having done this a couple of times, again, in my defense, I have a Blackberry.

And Blackberry main feature is to constantly log you into chat services against your will.

Well guys, I have to go. Nice talking to you!

 

 

 

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Internet tears people apart

 

The Internet has given us access to remote people and news from all around the globe.

However, the Internet is also opposing neighbor against neighbor in new and innovative ways that only technology could have made possible.

 

You only talk to people you agree with

 

The better way you can improve as a person is by making mistakes and receiving corrections from other people.

Receive bad feedback from others is not nice but is the only way we can learn how to be better.

If you surround with ‘yes men’ people you will get disconnected from reality and excluded yourself from creating new social connections.

So far the internet is building that bubble of ‘yes men’ people around you and is not a conspiracy theory, is just how computer algorithms works.

Facebook for example, you think it gave you all of your friend’s updates in order?

Of course not, by default it filters the updates according to your previous preferences.

 

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And that’s exactly why wrong information can circulate in a bubble where everybody agrees with it; because the ones who know the truth have been deliberately filtered out.

 

Misinformation

 

Last year I saw on Reddit the following headline ‘Russia is massing troops on Iran’s northern border ready to start a war if US attacks Iran’.

The source was BusinessInsider.com, a very respectable page which was pulling the article from World Net Daily where the story cites unnamed sources.

So let’s follow the path. Front page of a huge news portal -> popular website -> crazy site -> imagination of a random guy.

And by the way, Russia doesn’t border Iran.

We didn’t even pay attention to it because what we spend all of our time doing is browsing, fast browsing information without stop and dig into the details.

 

Discussion formats

 

As online forums become more populated, for example, customers who are more positive and less involved tend to stick to the sidelines, while customers who are more involved and more critical take their place.

Online feedback tends to be either from people who are being negative or from people who are positive and see that other people are trashing the thing they’re positive about.

Now they have to speak up, just to try to negate the negativity.

One way or the other, the loudest, most negative people dictate the discussion.

You’ve probably also seen this phenomenon in every single political discussion that has ever taken place online.

 

Internet users versus everyone else

 

I wrote this complete article talking about different opinions you find on the internet, ignoring the fact that the Internet is not the world.

The digital gap is the breach between internet users and non-internet users.

You may think of the consequences of this as just simply oddity in social gatherings but in global terms, it’s a massive problem.

The differences between an internet user life and a non-internet user life are huge and get bigger every single day.

Internet use rewires our brains.

So if the internet is presenting us with the stories and opinions we care about, and internet is only available to the richest third of us, then no matter how open-minded you are, the pure fact that you’re reading this, means you’re already living in a bubble.

 

 

 

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