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- Being responsive is important.
- Emoticons help to express what people mean.
- Caring about friends is essential.
- There are several ways to avoid virtual friends.
- On-line communication may cause misunderstanding.
- Politeness does not depend on type of communication.
- Writing less is better most of the time.
Facebook, Twitter, blogs, chat and so forth are part of my everyday online sources of interaction. And every day I try to communicate with my friends online but sometimes they hear a different message from the one I’m putting across. It’s easy to make mistakes of communication in the online environment where our connection is down wires rather than faceto- face. It’s important to maintain the kind regards you have towards your real-life friends online by making sure that you’re actually saying what you mean to say, effectively.
Writing updates, posts and statuses can sometimes cause disagreement between the communicants. Unless I have a huge fanbase and I’m trying to sell something I limit my updates to one a day or even less. Someone who updates multiple times a day gives the image of being bored, lonely, depressed or selfish. A well thought out status every once in a while gives the image of a wise, insightful person who has a fulfilling life offline.
Usually everything I say is asking for a response as well as everything my friends say is looking for a response, verbal and non-verbal. When you read someone’s status ask yourself: What is this person asking of me? Of course, it isn’t always clear what the person wants. One way to figure it out is to put yourself in their shoes, figure out what you know of their situation, and decide what you’d like in the same situation. Another way is to send a private message or show your interest.
If I went on a fabulous vacation, my first instinct may be to share every glorious detail, which can be interesting to some people. Sometimes if I really want to make my friends less envious and express my positive attitude, I tag them in specific photos and tell them I thought about them when I was there. So, if you did something adventurous, go crazy and show as many photos as you want — just add captions. I think, people love living dangerously through you in the comfort of being behind their computer screen.
If there is a particular person that makes my blood boil whenever I read his or her posts, I have three choices: block them, ignore them or ask myself what they might be needing by writing this post. Although you might want to avoid commenting on their posts, your attitude may change. If you’re not descriptive enough to express your tone with choice of vocabulary alone, you can use emoticons. Don’t overdo it. For some people, too many emoticons is a sign of immaturity. Less is more.
I think life gets busy on both sides. One thing that really helps is not looking at it as e-mailing, Facebooking, Skyping, or calling when you have some free time. Schedule the person in, no matter how you are going to communicate, as if you were going out with that person for dinner, catching up for coffee, or going to their house. You have to treat them as you would if you were getting together in person. That time is their time and you can really give yourself to them.