online etiquette tipsIt’s summer and everyone must be in a frenzy jetting off somewhere!

My mind was already wandering off to some island paradise weeks back and I have you, dear readers, to thank for the wonderful suggestions you’ve given me about compelling content ideas to write about while on vacation.

Interestingly, I came across this newsletter forwarded to me that was, I guess, originally intended for lady subscribers coming from American superstar Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop, and surprisingly I’ve gathered some great online etiquette tips in addition to the online etiquette tips I’ve shared with you awhile back.

Ms. Paltrow got her modern day etiquette guide from Derek Blasberg, the editor at large of Harper’s Bazaar.

Here are some excerpts:

When is it OK, if ever, to Tweet about a private, invite-only event?

A: “To Tweet or not to Tweet, that is the question in these modern times. My rule of thumb is to take a cue from the host: If they’re the sort of person who is into social media and has already Tweeted about the fete, go for it. But if the host is the sort of person who abstains from Twitter and Facebook, keep your cameraphone pictures to yourself.

My suggestion: if you have any doubt, don’t Tweet. Once it’s on the internet it’s impossible to take back. Besides, if the invitation was so fabulous you wanted to Tweet about it in the first place, you want to make sure you don’t offend the host so that you get invited back.”

Is it OK to take a work phone call/email when you’re out after work with friends? What’s the best way to manage if you absolutely have to take it?

A:You should say something to your friends before you take the call, so they don’t think you’re rude when you wander off when your phone rings. And add a bit of color: ‘That’s my boss, I guess she misses me so much.’ Everyone will understand—we’ve all dealt with insane coworkers at one time or another—but it’s best to acknowledge that yes, you know this is personal time with your friends and you’re doing work, and that yes, it sucks. Also, take the call away from the group; just because you’re talking about work doesn’t mean your friends want to be reminded of their own professional responsibilities!”

Should mobile devices be allowed at the dinner table at home or at the restaurant?

A: “I’m of the mind that it’s rude not to give your dining companion your full attention. But of course there are exceptions; phones can be excused during lunches (after all, it is a work day), and, if you have a pregnant best friend or a sick relative, by all means keep that phone (on vibrate, mind you) hidden in your lap at dinner.

If you do get an important message, excuse yourself from the table and take it to the restroom (as opposed to the dinner table) especially if you need to compose a novel of an email in response. Finally, if you’re dining in someone’s private home, there is no excuse to leave your phone on the table. Ever.”

Good manners should still reign supreme even when we’re on vacation, dear online marketers! Hope you enjoyed the great online etiquette tips as I have!

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To Your Success,

Elmar Sandyck
Elmar Sandyck

6 thoughts on “Learning Online Etiquette From A Superstar

  1. I’m afraid that etiquette is way gone by now, and for sure none of my friends and neither I respect online etiquette. I know that this is a bad thing, but we have gadgets that keep us all the time in contact with our work, so it’s kind of hard to not answer an email when the smartphone is buzzing.

  2. Hi Harry,

    You’re very much welcome 🙂 I was really surprised to see that it also tackled certain etiquette tips that I’ve been discussing over here in my blog so it was really a good supplement.

    Take care,

  3. Hi Jayne,

    Indeed, that’s one thing I am in total agreement with you – being in the now and in the present with someone else. I mean, you’ve allotted that time for him or her, you should really expect that he or she should’ve allotted that time for you as well! It’s hard enough to find a schedule that would suit you both, the most that you could make of the meeting is to maximize it by focusing on the person you’re meeting with.

    Glad to be of service re: the manners tweak!:)

    Take care,

  4. Hi Ilka,

    Hahaha…the younger generation really loves to text! I think it’s a common problem for most parents.

    But when you do forward this to your sons, let me know what their reactions are! 🙂

    Take care,

  5. Hi Mia,

    Hmm curious when you said you and your friends don’t respect online etiquette. Just how exactly? 🙂 Don’t worry it’s just for reference. Would love to hear opposing thoughts on this.

    Technology has allowed us to stay connected 24/7 which is a good thing but then again it might not be “really good”. We should learn to balance our time for work and for non-work related activities and learn to connect with others in the real world.

    Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Take care,

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