Every Monday, I answer a question about manners on social media platforms. Yes, Virginia, just like real life, there are ways to be polite and ways to be impolite on the Internet. Please be polite, it makes everyone’s day a little better.
DEAR JOHN: When I participate in chats (like #blogchat on Sunday nights), I see people saying hello and goodbye when they show up and leave to take care of the kids. Is this something I should be doing? HELLO GOODBYE
DEAR HELLO GOODBYE: First of all, good on you for participating in chats on Twitter. I’ve found they’re a great way to make connections and learn about the chat topic.
In terms of your question, I would say that unless you’re a moderator, it’s best to not say hello or goodbye, at least until the chat is over. When a chat is fast moving, irrelevant (hello/goodbye) tweets are irksome because they make it harder to track the conversation. Instead, I’d recommend just jumping into the chat. The best way to get noticed is to contribute intelligently, so instead of saying hello, say something smart! It’s a great way to make friends 🙂