Nov 3, 2010

The Tech Etiquette for You (5)

13. Situation: You think and feel that your good friend is embarrassing herself by mentioning too much personal information on her blog. How do you tell her? Here are some alternatives.

Let’s say that you love her blog but since some readers don’t know her as well as you do, they may get the wrong impression about what she’s saying. If after you tell her, then she gets defensive, you should back off and say no more. But if the information on her blog is relating with a safety issue―like she could be attracting a stalker―you’re morally obliged to remind her.

You can also ask her as a question, such as “How do you decide what’s too personal for your blog?” That gives her the opportunity to state a philosophy (in which case, it’s her business) or to declare that she doesn’t have one. In that case, your contribution and advice might be welcomed.

Since giving unwanted advice is hard, before giving specific examples of blog content that you find is worrying for her professional or personal life, make it clear that you are saying something only beyond concern and not judging her.

14.Situation: Can you pay no attention to someone who “friends” you?Yes. Giving someone you don’t totally recognize to access your personal information is a dangerous thing to do. For your safety, restrict access to people who are truly your friends is better. Select people that you can wholly trust.

15.Situation: Should you always accept a request from a colleague on a professional-networking site?

It really depends on how well you know the person who is making the request. Your profile is a snapshot of your professional image, so your online connections should only ever be beneficial to your career.
The person who is asking should know you well enough to have a sense of whether you would want to join her network or not before she sends the invitation. If she doesn’t know you but wants to, she shouldn’t try to connect over one of these networks. She should ask a mutual contact to introduce you either by separate e-mail or in person. Well, since it relates to your career, think wisely.

15.Situation: Is there a respectful way to apply call waiting?
It depends on whom you’re talking to. Don’t use it if you’re in the middle of a conversation with your grandmother, perhaps she will be annoyed. But a friend would probably be all right with call waiting. If you do need to take the other call, excuse yourself, then immediately tell the second person that you’ve got someone waiting on the other line and need to get back to him.

If you’re on a social call and there is a chance you’ll be interrupted by a client or a coworker -especially your boss, tell your friend at the beginning of the conversation that if you get another call, you’ll need to take it.

On the contrary, if you’re the first caller and you’re left hanging for too long, hang up. It’s better to call again later. Your time is important as well.

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