Questions I Have About Social Media Etiquette
I’m new to social media. Though I’m not old in years (unless you count 36 as old, WHICH YOU DO NOT), I do have a bit of an antiquated mentality when it comes to technology.
Here’s me in a Facebook message to a friend in 2008:
jenny – i joined facebook at the request of a friend; now i get these “friend” emails but i’ve only been on my page once, so i have no idea how this works. i got something saying a friend sent me a “drink” and to join the happy hour. and someone else sent me a flower and i had the option to send one back and end global warming. What? i think i may have to de-join. what do you do on it? is it worth the time?
I ended up closing my account only to reopen it earlier this year when I realized I was going the wrong way on the wrong train.
I have some questions regarding things I have seen while communicating online. I could Google the answers, but I find Google has a tendency to cut conversations short and is the largest threat to the pastime of wondering.
So I’ll pose my questions to you. Please help.
1. Why the asterisks? As in, “I * love * that blog, True STORIES.” Are asterisks likes Internet hearts?
2. If someone writes something sad on her Facebook wall, I notice people still “like” it. And if someone appreciates a comment, they “like” it as well. I’m assuming liking something is synonymous with offering condolences, support, and appreciation. Do I have this correct?
3. Why the @ sign in front of names? As in, “@Jessica, I will subscribe to your blog immediately.” I’m assuming this originated when some commenters on various Internet sites had no name, just a web address. But some people add the @ even when using first names. Are they just super techy-cool?
4. Someone please, for the love of brownies without nuts, explain schoolFeed to me. But if you can’t do it in one sentence, forget it. I’ll just start ignoring the messages requesting I follow or add or whatever-the-hell people I went to high school with. And then I’ll join it again in about four years.
5. Do you have an e-reader? And if so, do you ever download the free novels? (This is a selfish question having nothing to do with my ignorance of social media etiquette and everything to do with personal research.)
Okay, that’s all for now. Talk to you later and ta-ta for now.