The Essential Guide To Digital Etiquette
Presenting the FWD IRL FAQ: quick links to your most pressing Internet- and phone-related concerns. And apparently you guys are REALLY WORRIED about Facebook.
The FWD FAQ!
Click the questions to be linked to the column where this question was originally answered. We've selected MANY, but not all, of the original questions answered, representing the 122 questions answered over the past year. (You may have to scroll down a question or two, but it'll be there!)
How do I introduce people over email?
Is the way I text making everyone think I hate them?
Can I MAKE someone follow me on Twitter?
How do I use #FF in the best, most friendly way?
To Be Friends or Not to Be Friends
How do I turn down friendly Facebook requests from people I don't really know?
Is it OK to ignore Facebook friend requests from older relatives and/or coworkers?
How long do I have to tweet back and forth with someone I’m “Twitter friends” with before it's appropriate for me to Facebook friend him/her?
Help, my mom followed me on Twitter!
Can I add random people as connections on LinkedIn?
Somebody I know, but only kind of know, is having a birthday. What’s the best way to wish them a happy birthday?
How should I respond (if at all) to a Facebook or Tumblr post about a death in the family?
About That Party Invite
What's the proper etiquette for turning down Facebook invites?
Is it completely inappropriate to ask my best friend to stop inviting people I don't ever want to see to her parties?
What's up with people sending emails to groups of friends using bcc?
Responding in a Timely Fashion
Am I responding TOO quickly?
What’s the appropriate response time for Facebook messages?
My friend takes ages to respond to texts I sent in reply to HER texts.
Can I Admit to Using the Internet?
When I run into friends with whom I haven't spoken in a while, but whose lives I've kept track of via Facebook, how much can I say I know?
People keep bringing up my tweets in in-person conversations. Is that awkward?
I ran into someone I don't know well, but whose Twitter I follow. I brought up a tweet of hers and things WERE awkward. Why?
What's Mine Is Not Yours
Is it OK to ask for my roommate’s Netflix password?
What are the rules of giving my older gadgets away as presents?
I have a coworker who, twice now, has asked to borrow my iPhone earbuds. How do I escape this?
Do I Have to Get Off My Butt?
Can I just text my friends when I'm picking them up, or do I have to actually get them at the door?
FWD: Halp! is a weekly advice column on how to behave like a person when using technology. Would you like EVEN MORE of said advice? Email your questions to Katie.
Katie Heaney is a contributing editor at BuzzFeed FWD. She thinks you should have good manners, even on the Internet.
Illustrations by Cara Vandermey