The French Court passed around a written form, label, ticket, what have you. It was the 'etiquette' that listed all of the manners expected of one when visiting the French Court. In modern terms, etiquette is simply a list of the manners expected for any given situation or place that one might find themselves in, and that can mean one's own home too.
|No jumping on the furniture!|
|We enjoy Twitter|
We have started to read the tweets of people who, for example, we are convinced are selling some sort of pornography. They may have great quotes or motivational sayings, however we do not want to re-tweet anything that may keep them in business. If any of our followers tweets, or re-tweets a tweet, with profanity or anything racist, or even religion intolerance, we unfollow them or block the person they are re-tweeting. That way we have our follower still, but do not read something racist, profane or anything else we dislike. Problem solved.
|These things listed below, dismay and perplex us|
1. There is no Twitter etiquette that states anything, much less that we need to do the following;
- Thank people for following us.
- Thank people for re-tweeeting our tweets, though we will thank them occasionally.
- Just because a tweet starts with 'RT' or asks us to 'please pass this along' we are not obligated to pass it along unless we deem it within our personal Twitter parameters.
- 'Team Follow Back' we are not particularly interested in following back, nor re-tweeting, unless the tweet is within our chosen parameters.
- 'Follow- Back Friday' or any other such lines have gotten friends all sorts of followers who do not tweet in English. If we cannot read your tweets, we will not re-tweet them. Many years ago, I took Spanish in school. My sister took German. We forgot most of it, as we do not speak the languages unless we are out of the country. I know a bit of French and she knows some Dutch. But Russian? No. Arabic? No. We never learned those languages.
- If we tweet a news story headline or statistics, we are simply passing on the information. We are not endorsing views expressed, or any way of thinking that may be expressed. Please do not send us angry tweets over your preconceived notions. We may just be as upset as you are, and that is why we tweeted the story!
|We love to teach manners across the Twitterverse|
3. We are not looking for any 'awesome', 'phenomenal' or 'mind-blowing' opportunities! Others evidently, think otherwise. We simply enjoy tweeting about etiquette and manners. We re-tweet those tweets we find interesting, thought provoking, newsworthy or helpful. All have to deal with cultures, history, period films or television shows, peoples, religions and manners.
My sister and I feel it is very poor manners indeed, to come up with a bio of oneself (likes, interests, hobbies, etc...) when all one really wants to do is try to sell us a program to get more followers, or sell us some other nonsense which we do not even care to read. So, bearing that in mind, we would like to say to these very different folks, with different names and bios, who sent us the following notes...
"Thanks so much for connecting :) To say thanks, may I introduce you to a unique, mind blowing opportunity: bit.ly/msty2"
Thanks for the offer, but no thank you.
"Thanks so much for the follow :) As a thank you, here is an incredible opportunity for you, you'll love it: bit.ly/msty2"
No thank you, I said I am not interested. Wait... are you the same person with the last bio who I graciously followed? This link looks identical!
"Thank you so much for the follow :) As a thank you, here is an incredible opportunity for you: bit.ly/prftb1"
"Thanks, much love to you :) As a token of my appreciation, I share with you the opportunity of a lifetime: bit.ly/dmflp"
"Much love" to me? You are sending me Twitter-love and a smiley face, along with a link that could possible infect my iPad, or smartphone? Or you love me so much you want to sell me something?
"Thank you for following :) There is a great opportunity I feel you would love, it'll blow you away: bit.ly/scspr"
I really do not wish to be "blown away", but if I ever do, I will contact you first :) Pinky swear!
Thanks for following, much love :) As a thank you gift may I introduce you to this phenomenal opportunity: bit.ly/sprg1
Wow! You love me too! No thanks. I do not love you in return.
Now, if you follow me and send me these types of messages, I will still follow you and be eternally grateful, even re-tweet your tweets often, if they fit my twitter feed. As will my sister. We promise! If you keep tweeting this type of thing, we will do none of the above!
These, on the other hand, are great to receive;
Hello, thanks for the follow! Look forward to tweeting with you! Have you seen our blog yet? bit.ly/Otptta. No, but I just might now.
Thanks for following. This follower isn't looking for anything other than nice tweets. Yay! So am I!
Thanks for the follow! Hope you enjoy the conversation. Check out our website creatinghistory.com Great idea! We love history!
We may even reply to one or two of you, such as this polite tweep below;
Hi EtiquetteFacts, I'm a Business Improvement Specialist! Do you know anyone in need of strategic planning, forecasting or new business? Tibor
Not in New Zealand, but if I hear of anything, I will pass it along to you :)
Thank you for responding. I appreciate it.
He, or she, is polite and I really will pass the information along, if I find new businesses in his part of the world. (Hmmm, maybe one Corey Peterson of New Zealand, in a few years?) I will most likely "unfollow" the others at some point, or as my sister does, "unfollow" them, and then block them. (Guess which one of us is the more hot-headed one?)