Essential Netiquette Tips for Mobile Phone Use
Julie Spira is a Netiquette Expert & CEO of Social Media and More (http://socialmediamore.com/). In this video she shares essential netiquette tips for mobile phone use.
- Never text & drive
- Don't treat your phone as an accessory
- Keep conversations private when in public
- Keep your head up - don't text while walking
- Don't send a text to follow-up
- Avoid playing "texting games"
Mobile netiquette is really essential. We are so attached to our PDAs that it’s become really almost part of our personalities. However remember that no text or tweet is worth dying for.
Do not text while driving. You might end up in an accident that could someone else’s death as well. It’s that serious.
And also on a lighter note, your mobile phone isn’t an accessory. So, I say, don’t leave it on the table during your business meeting or during dinner. It sends a message that whoever you’re meeting with isn’t as important as the text you’re about t receive. So, unless you’re waiting for a phone call from the President of the United States or liver transplant, take your mobile device, turn it off, put it on you briefcase or pocket or purse and pay attention to who you’re meeting with.
You know, you really need to keep it private when in public. Often your phone will ring and you’re about to have a business meeting and you’re setting up a negotiation of some sort. Move offline. Walk around the corner. Again, it’s a private conversation. Nobody needs to hear the details of your business meeting.
Texting while walking, that’s a netiquette no-no. You know, there is man in New York who actually almost walked into a bus wall. He was looking down and texting and almost killed himself.
So, if you’re running late, send a message to whoever you’re meeting with saying I’m running five minutes late. But if the meeting went well or it was a job interview, never text them and say thank you. That’s not the way to follow up.
Please don’t play texting games and assume that when you send a text to someone that, if they don’t write back to you right away, they’re not interested. We’re all very busy.
Sometimes, our cellphones are turned off for an important meeting, you maybe at the gym, you maybe sleeping, you may have lecture phone at home. So, if you text someone and they don’t respond right away, don’t play games with them. Understand that they might be busy. As soon as you received it, let them know you just got it and write back. It’s really good business netiquette to respond in a timely fashion.
So, to wrap up, remember, no text is worth dying for. Don’t text while you’re walking down the street. Don’t text or send a tweet when you’re in your car. Don’t play texting games with people because you don’t know if they’re receiving your text message or not and remember, thank someone with a handwritten note. That still is a way to go and it’s becoming obsolete which is a real shame. No thank you via text message.