In this day and age, it’s a rare luxury to be able to switch off completely…no phones, no internet…connectivity (and work-life integration) thrown to the wind! Yet, I had the opportunity to do just that last week…and despite the tons of pending tasks, I flew out, switched off…and had a ball!
Of course, when you get back, you always wonder why you ever left 🙂 The price…800+ emails waiting in multiple inboxes and the mountain of tasks had grown just a little higher since I last saw it. But it was worth it!
Here’s a curious bit of netiquette I stumbled onto upon my return. Now, I’m a huge fan of Twitter and I think its paved the way to a better live / realtime Web. But to be honest, I’m a low to moderate user at most. I love being able to check what people are saying about certain events, brands and products. The plethora of tools and sites that boost Twitter functionality are also fun to experiment with. Plus I’m slowly getting the hang of ‘Twetiquette’.
This message had me stumped though:
(I found this in my @replies…I’ve blurred out the thumbnail and twitter ID of the sender)
Hmm…not sure how to approach this. To be fair, I only follow those people who tweet about stuff that I’m interested in…and being away for a week certainly ruled out a quick check + response. Though I felt a bit offended, I didn’t want to retort with an equally bad comeback. A question to experienced Tweeple out there…would you consider this message as:
(a) Correct Twitter Etiquette?
(c) Misguided Twitter Etiquette?
(d) A combination of the above?
I thought the whole purpose of ‘following’ people on Twitter was engaging with genuinely interesting people. Are we in such a ‘connectivity’ frenzy that all unanswered calls must be viciously prodded for a response? If this were to be translated to real-world social etiquette, we might as well walk up to authors, celebrities, colleagues or people we barely know and ‘threaten’ them to feign interest in us!
Or do I have this all wrong? What would you do in this situation?
Note: It’s very interesting to watch and learn as the rules of “e”tiquette evolve with the various phases of Internet evolution and acceptance. I’d love to hear from all you experienced Tweetaholics and Twitterati out there! What’s your take on building your networks? What are YOUR rules of engagement?