Archive for the ‘netiquette’ category

Taking out the trash

5 January 2015

Happy new year!

I’m looking forward to 2015 as a time for exploring, building, experimenting, discovering, and learning.

Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions in January – which rarely survive February – but this year mine are designed to last forever.

man taking out the trash

I hereby commit to the following five resolutions:

  1. No facey, no connecty.

    Humans have heads and names. If you apparently don’t, I won’t connect.

  2. Reject the hard sell.

    If your first message to me is sales oriented, you’re dropped.

  3. Do not feed the trolls.

    If you lack an open and collaborative mindset, I won’t engage.

  4. Do not feed the bullies.

    Bully-boy tactics do not lend credence to your argument; in fact they do the opposite. If you try to force feed me, the conversation is over.

  5. Shut the pop up.

    If a pop-up interrupts my reading of your article, I won’t bother quitting the pop-up. I’ll just quit your article.

Apologies if this seems like a negative way to begin the new year. However, by taking out the trash, I intend to let the light shine in.

What are your New Year’s resolutions…?

Top 5 things I hope not to hear in 2011

11 January 2011

The title of this article is self explanatory, so here goes…

1. Death by PowerPoint

If you mean “death by bullet point” then say that instead.

PowerPoint is just a tool. A poor tradesman blames his tools.

2. I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn

…if we’ve never met.

LinkedIn even tells you “Invitations should only be sent to people you know personally”.

Take the hint.

3. Dear Twitter

Twitter isn’t the Batcomputer.

It’s a bunch of people, many of whom would be delighted to help you.

Try “Dear friends” or even #lazyweb – it’s cute.

4. Learning styles don’t exist

The research doesn’t say that.

It says there isn’t sufficient empirical evidence to prove whether they do or don’t exist.

What you do with that pearl of wisdom is another story.

5. If Facebook were a country

We’ve heard this 600 million times already.

How many of these so-called “users” are actually second account holders, imposters, gags, pet dogs and rubber duckies?

Regardless, yes, Facebook has millions of users.

We get it.


Swimming against the tide

30 August 2010

Man swimming in the ocean

Swimming against the tide is a dangerous pastime, whether it be real or metaphorical.

That’s a lesson I’m sure Aneel Karnani learned earlier this month when he argued The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility in The Wall Street Journal and the MIT Sloan Management Review.

How dare this associate professor challenge the weight of public opinion!

Many of the comments he attracted in response to his article were patronising, sarcastic, insulting or downright nasty.

We all think we’re professional, we all think we’re collaborative, but this real-life example shows that clearly we’re not.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t actually agree with Karnani’s position. However, I’m mature enough to recognise the truths in his argument – even if I don’t like them.

So I salute Aneel Karnani for speaking his mind and provoking thought and debate. Perhaps the case for corporate social responsibility will be bolstered as a result.

In the meantime, I think we should all take a deep breath and remember that if we all bow to popular opinion, we’ll never evolve our ideas.

Let’s welcome contrarian views and discuss their merits – minus the agro.


14 October 2008

With virtual classrooms and e-meetings becoming more popular in the corporate sector, netiquette (or “network etiquette”) is becoming increasingly important in our working day.

Similarly, as the myriad of acronyms and abbreviations used in text-based chat become de rigueur for the tech-savvy, the rest of us are left scratching our heads.

To shed some light on the situation for both myself and my colleagues, I have found the following sites on the web:


Top 10 Internet Etiquette Rules to Survive Online

Internet Etiquette Tips for a Safe and Fun Online Experience

Chat, Usenet, and Text Message Acronyms and Abbreviations

The List of Chat Acronyms & Text Message Shorthand

What are your favourite netiquette and chat acronym websites?

tia :)