- 11:18 am - October 19, 2011
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"Do we care about manners?
We certainly seem to care a lot about Downton Abbey…”
The 18th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette comes out today. Here are a few digital faux pas that the book may help you to avoid (or, at least, politely manage):
- A red light on someone’s GChat should be taken seriously: “Just because someone’s IM service shoes them as being ‘available,’ doesn’t necessarily mean they are… Respect ‘do not disturb; status. Remember, each time you IM you are interrupting someone.”
- Easy on the caps lock: "Avoid typing your entire message in capital letters because CAPS ARE THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING. So use upper- and lower-case letters unless you have something to shout about: I’M ENGAGED! All caps messages are also much harder to read."
- When you accidentally CC the wrong person on an e-mail, apologize right away: "Admit your insensitivity and tell her how terrible you feel about hurting her. As for for forgiveness, but don’t expect the friendship to be patched up overnight, it might take months before she can trust you again. In the meantime, remind yourself of one of the edicts of email culture: You can never be too careful."
- You are allowed to do whatever you want on your own Facebook page: "It’s your page. It’s okay to ignore a friend request, untag yourself from a photo or ask someone to remove a photo of you from their page, delete a friend’s comment on your post, unfriend someone whose presence on your page makes you uncomfortable, ignore quizzes, groups, and event requests."
- The Post stance on Twitter = Don’t Be Annoying: "Be relevant. Don’t tweet about what you had for breakfast or what store you happen to be in…Beware of linking Twitter through your Facebook page. Your multiple tweets work on Twitter but may be annoying to people who get feeds from you through Facebook."