Since I’ve started “tweeting” on a near-daily basis, I haven’t given too much thought to the process. I post a link, and voila! Out to the masses for consumption. If one of my followers (or someone I’m following) posts a link I find useful, I’ll re-tweet it. Easy.
But I’ve overlooked that crucial element of any social networking, whether it’s in-person or via technology; one that makes a difference in how one’s messages are received: it’s called etiquette. And until now, I was completely oblivious to it.
Yes, there is a certain etiquette that exists in the Twitter universe (or Twitterverse, as it were), and I am a repeat offender. My re-tweets have not always credited the original poster – or even the secondary poster, for the link. In Twitter etiquette, this is akin to writing a paper without properly crediting your sources, and is treated as such.
Like many others, I have simply hit the re-tweet button and moved on, without checking to ensure that the original tweeter has been acknowledged. I’m sorry. I goofed, and I can only vow to be more vigilant with my re-tweets.
Interested in the finer points of Twitter etiquette? Check out this page.