There Ought to be a Law on Social Networks

There Ought to be a Law on Social Networks
2011-11-05 03:23

14 thoughts on “There Ought to be a Law on Social Networks

  1. STATUS UPDATES   Facebook not only connects you with people you haven't thought about in 20 years-it also shows you that in the interim, they've begun speaking in the third person.  "Heidi thinks if you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day;  teach a person to use Facebook and they won't bother you for weeks."  "Felicia says a train station is where the train stops.  A bus station is where the bus stops.  On my desk, I have a workstation."  "Carol's boss fired him via text message.  I don't have a text-messaging plan.  I paid $0.25 to get fired."
  2. If all you have to say in your e-mail reply is "Thanks!" refrain from sending it.  You're just clogging an inbox.
  3. LONG "@" CONVERSATIONS on Twitter bore other followers.  Take them to Twitter's Direct Message (DM) or e-mail.
  4. DON'T USE CELL PHONES in a waiting room, checkout line, restaurant, train, or (heaven forbid!) bathroom stall.
  5. WHEN TALKING TO SOMEONE  in person, don't glance down at your cell phone to see who's trying to reach you.
  6. IT'S OK TO PIGGYBACK on a neighbor's free Wi-Fi as long as you don't hog it and do realize it's not secure.
  7. THINGS NOT TO DO  when e-mailing: shout in all caps, use colored fonts or clip-art emoticons, attach large files, forward an e-mail unless appropriate.
  8. YOU CAN E-MAIL THANK-YOUS for party invitations and birthday gifts given in person as long as you send each of them separately.  (No cc's.) For mailed gifts, letters of recommendation, and wedding presents, a written note is still preferable.
  9. BRAG ALL YOU WANT on your Facebook  page, but make sure you high-five your friends just as often.
  10. WORK E-MAILS CAN BE  sent anytime but business texts should be restricted to one hour before the start of the workday to two hours after it ends, according to The Modern Gentleman.
  11. IF YOU STILL OWN an answering machine, make sure the outgoing message isn't annoying or twee.
  12. ITS OK (and even advisable) to follow your boss on Twitter, but you shouldn't try to friend him on Facebook.  Friends implies equivalency; followers, not so.

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