I'm not the most technical person, but I'm trying. As a writer I'm supposed to be building my "platform" so I have spasmodic outbursts of social network activity, but I know I could be more disciplined. Oh well.
And then there's learning all the etiquette surrounding each "thing". A lot of nice people on Twitter do the Follow Friday thing whereby you give other Twitterers (Tweeters?) a shout out. I get quite a few shout outs and always say a big thank you, but I'm pathetic at actually doing it myself. By the time I've remembered it's Friday, it's half way through the day here (Central Time, USA) and almost bed time, (ie. too late) in the UK, where many of my Twitter friends are. So apologies all round.
One thing I have managed to do though, is amass a list of pet peeves for Social Networking. (Consider it a public service announcement!)
- if you blog with a pseudonym, (as most of us do) and you want me to be your buddy on anything, please tell me who you are. I have several people queued up to be my friend, but I've no idea who they really are. I need clues people!
- don't add me to a Twitter announcement, as if I've made a major contribution to the article or am otherwise being high-lighted, when I'm really not. I get that you want people to go and read your blog, article, etc, but pretending that I am mentioned in it, only annoys me. If I like your stuff, I'll read it anyway; there's no need to fib.
- if you ask me to do something for you (like promote your stuff, link to your piece etc.) I am much more likely to do it if I think you've read my blog/book and aren't just befriending me for the nano-second that you need my time. I wouldn't dream of asking people I barely know to promote my work and it's a little brash when you do it to me. Having said that, if your stuff is good and you come across as a nice person, I'll usually help as much as I can.
- link to me. I have stopped commenting on the few blogs I come across that allow no link back to the person who's taking the time to read the post and make a comment. What's that all about? It's common courtesy.
Have I missed any?