How to annoy me on-line

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Something we often forget is that we are all different, even on-line. There are tools that some people think are absolutely wonderful and think bring them success. Maybe they do! But a lot of those things others think are really annoying. I thought I would share some of those things that annoy me.

  • Tweeting links to the same blog posts over and over again. My limit is two tweets of my link on one day, and maybe one the following day. Then I might only refer to that link in another post if relevant. Then again I haven’t 40,000 followers so I may be the one who is wrong.
  • Pop-ups attempting to get me to sign up to blog posts and newsletters, even on sites where I am already signed up. These pop-ups are intrusive and if I am not already signed up then I won’t be and may not visit the blog again. I don’t mean to offend and they may work. I just don’t like them.
  • Selling in blogs. I want to be entertained and learn from someone’s expertise.
  • Selling in blog comments. Same as above.
  • Sending me sales emails every two minutes.
  • Signing me up to newsletters because I was persuaded to part with a business card.
  • Someone saying they are my friend on Facebook or LinkedIn when I have never heard of them. You might be my friend if you have made a non-spam comment on my blog of course. You can be my friend if you send me a nice note. But strictly no blagging.

What sort of thing annoys you? Apart, that is, from smug opinionated bloggers like me? 🙂

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Guarding our precious reputations

I guess we can all think we know better than to say unwise things which can get us into trouble, but whether we are on-line or out in company, or even on the telephone we have to be so careful what we say.

Before Christmas we had the Vince Cable affair known on Twitter as #cablegate. Actually, without getting political, I quite like the man from the general impression he gives and his knowledge on a number of important issues, plus of course the way he is able to put his case. (For the sake of balance I could name a number of people from all three main political parties for whom I have respect).

Mr Cable made some very unguarded comments to some undercover reporters and whether you think he was duped by their pretending to be constituents of his, nevertheless, genuine constituents could have reported his remarks to the press. Had the Coalition not been so fragile I feel he would have had to resign rather than suffer the humiliation of having responsibilities taken from him. To suggest to the reporters that he had prejudged a matter on which he was the final arbiter without listening to recommendations gave an impression (no doubt a wrong one) of a distinct lack of integrity.

In the end when we speak in a public arena we must guard our words carefully. We must be careful what we say to our fellow networkers. We must be careful what we say to our colleagues. We must be careful what we say on-line. A careless word can give a totally wrong impression of what we are like, especially if it is just bravado and vanity, and few would realise it is not what we really believe. A clumsy retort can damage our businesses and our reputations very badly.

I feel sorry for Mr Cable. Do you? I think that there but for fortune go you or I. Which last sentence reminds me of a song…

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Ten Reasons I Won’t Follow Back On Twitter

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We all have our prejudices, and I guess mine are reflected in my approach to social media and indeed networking on and off-line. Here are some turn-offs as regards Twitter users – I won’t say the Twitterati, because I reserve that expression for those who seem to me to know what they are doing. At least I am for the purpose of this post. Others may disagree, but I won’t follow people:

  1. Who only sell.. “Have you seen our new luxury greenhouse?” “Look at our summer offers on greenhouses.” “25% off small greenhouses.” “Look at our greenhouse website”
  2. Who tweet about the minutiae of their day with nothing else. A bit of “time for elevenses” mixed in with some good content makes for a rounded reputation or profile.
  3. Who use bad language. If you are talking the odd swear word might slip out, but if you actually have to type it?
  4. Who just post recycled quotations from various well-known people, alive or dead. Do they have no original thought of their own?
  5. Who never take part in the Twitter conversation, the broadcasters.
  6. Who criticize other people in their network.
  7. Who do not re-tweet good comments and interesting links.
  8. Who are professional internet marketers with tens of thousands of followers gathered by some auto-follow site.
  9. Who tweet links to get-rich-quick websites you have difficulty navigating out of.
  10. Who just auto-feed links to websites they have nothing to do with in the hope they will raise their own profile on the search engines.

It follows from all this that I enjoy good conversation with my Twitter friends and like to be referred to good and useful content. It’s all good fun, or it should be, and done well it is a great way to grow our networks, and as far as many of us are concerned, grow our businesses.

What winds you up, and what makes you want to follow someone?

© Jon Stow 2010

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