Is the internet destroying good manners?
Yesterday I got the following message via my blogcatalog shout box:
“hey dude, howwa ya. currently i’m participating in my country’s seo contest. any tips?”
(That is a exact copy of the message send, no joke.)
After taking a deep breath, I compiled the following answer:
Dear (name removed for privacy protection),
Thank you very much for contacting me. My best advice would be to use a combination of excellent content and back links.
Regarding the content, here two additional tips. Write content that is most useful for your readers and pay attention to correct grammar and spelling. Thank you for contacting me, kind regards, SY
Don’t get me wrong, I am always happy to help a fellow blogger or webmaster, but in return I expect a minimum of good manners. And that includes addressing me with my name or internet nickname and getting my gender right. Extra brownie points for correct spelling, grammar and a generally spoken good writing style 😉
What do you think? Are good manners and style obsolete on the internet or should we defend them?
Todays “pay it forward” goodie is a blog post by Deb, regarding whether or not women have it more difficult in the blogosphere.
Oh, and in case you don’t know, I am a “dudette” 😉
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