link. If it isn’t that great, I hope others will
not share it, which takes me to the next
Retweeting a post you
haven’t read. As the purpose
of a retweet is to share infor-
mation, it only makes sense to
use it to share relevant information. There is
no way to know if what you are sharing is any
good unless you read it first. It is not good
practice to retweet something, even from a
trusted and respected source, without taking
the time to check it out first.
Snarkiness. We all have bad
days. At times it seems like
people take out their anger
on Twitter. I have seen Twitter
users call people out for a tweet that may
have been taken out of context. Composing
a tweet that captures a complete thought
in 140 characters is not always easy.
Sometimes we are in a hurry and don’t
have time to wordsmith our tweets. It
seems like some are just waiting to pounce
all over these tweets. They live to argue
with people over word usage, and heaven
forbid you make a simple spelling error!
Some use their voice on Twitter to diminish
others’ efforts to help provide opportunities
to learn, connect, and collaborate. There is
no need for this. Providing legitimate
pushback is one thing, but starting a spat
just for the sake of engaging someone in
an argument is petty.
Playing the drama or
sympathy card too
frequently. Everyone craves
attention and needs sympathy
from time to time, but there are reasonable
limits. It is great that we are comfortable
enough with our PLNs to reach out to them
for support, but sometimes this might be best
accomplished through direct messages to
one or two people. We all have bad hair days,
spill things, and feel like there are times when
we can’t do anything right. Reading a play by
play each time something goes wrong during
someone’s day can be exasperating.
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