Social networking sites have changed the way many people interact and communicate with their loved ones. Do you like to chat with friends and family on Facebook? If so, do you employ Facebook chat etiquette?
Ask Permission Before Starting a Chat Session
Many Facebook users launch right into a Facebook chat session as soon as they see that their best friend or cousin is online. However, the first thing you should do is to send a brief message asking if this is a good time to chat. Some Facebook users who are online are not actually spending their time writing on other people’s walls, sending messages, or updating their status.
Rather, they are busy with taking care of their children, cooking dinner or tending to the cats. It is common courtesy to send a brief message to your friend or family member asking if this is a good time to chat.
If you have picked the right time to chat with a friend or family member or Facebook, make sure that your chats are consistent, in the same way you would if you were conversing over the phone. That means if your best friend asks a question do not wait 20 minutes to answer. Be prompt with your replies to keep the chat flowing. If something comes up and you need to go take care of your affairs, let your friend know what is going on so that they are not left waiting for your responses.
Do Not Abruptly End the Chat Session
Some people have all day long to chat; others don’t. If you need to wrap up the Facebook chat session, make sure you let your friend or family member know what is going on, so that you can end the conversation politely. It is rude to just end the conversation mid-stream without letting the other person know what is going on. Would you hang up the phone without saying goodbye? The same etiquette rule should also apply when you are chatting on Facebook.
Facebook chat sessions are a quick and easy way for friends and family to connect and catch up. But before you start a chat session, ask permission from the other person to see if this is a good time to chat. Next, be consistent with your chats, rather than letting the other person wait for a long time to hear back from you. Finally, do not abruptly end the chat session. Let the other person know you must go so that you can say your goodbyes and end the conversation properly.