How to act like a human online

People want to connect with people, and that true online as well. That means you have to act like a person online. Heres how.

People want to connect with people, and that' true online as well. That means you have to act like a person online. Here's how.

Sometimes online communication strips away the human touch in interactions, especially when we’re online to promote our cause.

In Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith give seven great tips they title “How to be human.”

  1. Remember to ask about other people–first.
  2. Understand the culture.
  3. Promote others 12 times as much as you promote yourself or your company.
  4. Use your picture (and a good one) as your avatar on your profiles all these social sites (never your logo).
  5. If you mess up, remember the three A’s: acknowledge, apologize, act.
  6. Share a bit of your personal life in your professional.
  7. Remember that this new online world is about relationships, not campaigns.

I’m not convinced about never using your logo, I think it depends on the context. I have both a personal twitter account and ICPJ, where I work, has a twitter account. My personal twitter has my personal photo, ICPJ uses its logo.

That issue aside, Chris and Julien put together a good list, though it’s sad we need instructions on “how to be human” to begin with.

Leave a Reply