A Call for Better Tech Etiquette

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484010_business_man_modified Orlando Sentinel technology columnist Etan Horowitz suggests that tech gadgets should come with etiquette instructions. Regarding social networking, he suggests:

DO THINK LONG AND HARD
before inviting someone to be your friend on a social networking site such as Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn. If you are trying to befriend someone who might not immediately recognize your name, then attach a note with your request explaining your connection.

Really – how hard is that? The value of having one virtual "touch" with that person is worth far more than a dozen people in your network who you don’t even know or communicate with. Slow down. Take the time to treat people with courtesy. I’m not a number, I’m a person.

This is also the perfect way to avoid the dreaded "I don’t know…" (IDK) button. Send an email, an InMail or an introduction request before the invitation and you can pretty much be assured of not getting any IDK penalties.

That’s an added benefit, but the real benefit is in strengthening the relationship, if even just a little.

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3 Comments

  1. “If you are trying to befriend someone who might not immediately recognize your name, then attach a note with your request explaining your connection.”

    I quite agree with that statement. I often get friend requests from different strangers and it kind of irks me that they didn’t bother to have any introduction at all. How am I supposed to know that this particular person is someone I know or someone trustworthy? A little introduction will really help a lot.

    Jen

  2. I agree with your post. I have lost count on the numbers of times I have received a request via LinkedIn from people I don’t know and have never met. I wouldn’t mind so much if they attached a note explaining why they would like to connect. I guess this is LinkedIn etiquette that they wouldn’t teach in schools.

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