I once long ago suggested that my behavior is different on twitter vs. facebook, but that more or less converged. Still, I treat that stuff differenly than I how I do Slack and differently from how I do email. So, here's a semi-random list of things I have been reminded of the past couple of days and other stuff that comes to mind:
- When someone asks to connect via email to someone else, ask that someone else first rather than just email the two (or more parties). I learned this particular rule this week after I violated it--I hadn't realized it was a thing.
- Don't tag 30 people every time you post on twitter or facebook. If people follow you, they follow you, and if they don't they don't. Only tag a bunch of people if you are promoting them. Yes, I do link to my blog on facebook, but I don't tag anyone unless they inspired the post or I am building on something they said.
- Don't live tweet an event unless you either ask permission or it is something that is clearly being publicized. If the organizers promote an event-specific hashtag or if the press are present or it is being televized, I count that as consent. A job talk? Nope.
- Don't DM people on twitter your tweets. Again, if they follow you, they will probably see it. People tend to consider their DM space like their email space--something for those who are invited. Pretend you are a vampire and only enter if they invite you in and only come bearing that which they expect--not unsolicited tweets. Which kills this vampire analogy.
- Don't complain if other people curse. Indeed, if you don't like someone's twitter style, don't follow them.
- And if you want to debate academics, see this guide by Phil Lagassé
- Update: I forgot a related rule--it is perfectly reasonable to use twitter's virtual connections to introduce yourself to someone you have not met before.
I will probably come up with more as other suggest stuff that I missed. But most of this is just stuff that came up in the past few days.