To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

When my yahoo inbox became inundated with junk mail I dumped it for a gmail account. I forwarded my friends and family to the new address and left the rest floundering. Now only an occasional unwanted email sneaks in and I toss it in the trash unread.

A few days ago one lucky message from Ehow.com was saved from the bit bucket. The title caught my eye: “How to Stop Talking to Your Friends.” I thought it was going to be a how-to guide for dumping a friend à la Jerry in the Seinfeld episode where he wanted to un-friend the car salesman.

Turned out to be an interesting read. The intro was a satirical take on how the onslaught of social media has changed us, calling this generation humanoid iPeople glued to our gadgets. The article offered posting etiquette for the politely-challenged populace, including a warning to Facebook over-posters that you can be seen as a non-networker and just an advertiser of your life.

With all of the social networking at our fingertips the question is not if you will share your news, but where. When I want to get a word out I wonder, should I update my Facebook status or tweet?  If I need to snark, do I write a blog or a rant on Craigslist?

The search for these answers led me to Tamar Weinberg, a self-proclaimed “Social Media Consultant and Tech Geek at Heart.”  She penned, The Ultimate Social Media Etiquette Handbook.  It’s definitely worth checking out.  In summary, I will leave you with the Techno Golden Rule: “Post unto others as you would have them post unto you.”

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