Growing up, the hardest manner I had to mind was not to interrupt. Even today I have to bite my tongue so I don’t blurt out my every thought, and I’m still not always successful. What can I say? I get excited to talk. Luckily in today’s world, the majority of communication has moved to emails and text messaging, making it virtually impossible to interrupt, or so I believed.
I little while ago, I stumbled across a tweet chat that interested me. For those unfamiliar with tweet chats, they are conversations on specific topics, held on Twitter and linked together with a common hash tag (#). More often than not they are scheduled and the discussion is led by one person, or one group of people.
I can’t recall what this particular tweetup was about, but nothing related to public relations. Normally I’ll respond to any tweet on my feed, but this tweet used a hash tag that included #DEN – a Denver-based tweet chat.
Could I interject? I wasn’t “invited,” but Twitter is public, right? I’m not in Denver, so does that make my opinion just noise on their feed?
I imagined people thinking “Who is this rando? And how dare she tread on our Denver-y conversation! Skiing!” and boo me out of the thread using all caps. Of course nothing could happen to me, but I didn’t want to interrupt. After all, I spent so many years trying not to.
So I took my question to people I knew would not shun me like the Denver tweet chat did in my imagination: The award-winning HMA Team. Our consensus: Yes! I should have jumped in, as long as I wasn’t disruptive or being irrelevant to the conversation.
That got me thinking, what are some other etiquette rules when engaging in a tweet chat? Are there certain rules that need to be abided by?
Here’s what we came up with.
What other social media manners can you think of? Have you ever been in a tweet chat where someone displayed inappropriate behavior? Let us know in the comments below!