I heard someone say when I was in Italy awhile back that there are rules to driving in Rome, it’s just that those rules aren’t the published ones. You have to be there for awhile to get a feel for the real rules.
I think there are people out there who troll by virtue of their character. But other people just seem oblivious. This post is for those people. I like the idea that we should think about people’s Facebook walls as their virtual home (ok, I say social media, but chiefly I mean Facebook – I spend time on Twitter, but I’m much less active there). You are a guest, you should act like a guest. If you don’t know someone IRL, you should be more reserved and not assume you are welcome until further encouraged. But this rule, like the others, should be contextualized–some people will always be made to feel less welcome and you should think about that as you moderate your own wall. Also, the host-guest metaphor might be insufficient because I think some people who behave poorly on Facebook would treat me like this in my house, too. In any case… Read more