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Feb. 09 2012

Social Networking, again

By Mark Malinowski | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

So, someone has come up with something called “The 10 Commandments of Twitter.”  I’m not going to go through all of them.  Suffice it to say that most of it seems obvious (to me, anyway), but because someone has come up with these, it’s obvious that it’s not obvious. (How’s that for obfuscation?)

I will discuss two of the “Commandments.”  Commandment IV states that one should always thank someone for a complimentary tweet, or a retweet, or a mention (when someone uses your “twitter handle” in a tweet).  I don’t think one needs a Ph.D. to figure this one out. Acknowledgement is part of common (nothing common about it these days) courtesy.

Commandment IX states “Though shall not be vulgar.”  Holy (smoke) Batman! I am astounded at how vulgar some of the tweets I see are.  Look, I’m not a prude. I’ve heard it all (remember–26 years in the Navy).  Once again, what one chooses to say in a private missive is one thing, and what one chooses to say in a VERY public forum is another altogether. When I was an instructor at the Defense Information School (I taught journalism and broadcasting) I would tell my students that every word they wrote is an autobiography, every picture is a self portrait. Like it or not, you will be judged by what you choose to put before the public.

Perhaps I AM prudish, or maybe I’m becoming an old fuddy-duddy. I think not, though.  I just think that we can do better, and feel that if more of us “cleaned up our act” on an individual level, we would improve on a collective one.

Mark Malinowski


Mark is WBJC's morning host. His full bio can be read here.

2 Responses to Social Networking, again

  • Raisa says:

    Could not agree more with your every word/every picture statement, Mark. I also think that who we follow on Twitter tells a lot about who we are. Even if one does not write vulgar things him/herself, but is following someone who does, he or she looks as vulgar as the one who writes the actual things.

    Not being a prude here either, but words are powerful and I believe we should be very picky about what we say or write before we do either or both.

    On another note, it was your priceless comments about classical music that got me really interested in the history of music and eventually, in musicology. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Mark Malinowski says:


    Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to read and respond. Every now and then, I will follow someone because I have seen a RT of something that looked interesting. I have often “unfollowed” many of these after a while. I sometimes thing there are people who do nothing but send tweets. There were times when I would open my twitter and have 20 or more tweets from the same person. It’s easy to unfollow. Thanks again.


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