I know that many of you are going to laugh at this, but seriously, I delete more than I post. That is, I can’t begin to count how many times I have written a Twitter or Facebook or LISTSERV post that I have never posted. There are several reasons for this, and in this post I will try to identify as many as I can remember. I suggest that you inspect your own posting behavior along these lines:
- What you were going to say didn’t really amount to much. Yes, I know that that your verbiage sounds so witty. Mine does too. In point of fact, mostly it doesn’t. Or at least not as witty as I/you think it does. Often the universe can get by without it.
- What you were going to say is trying to be funny when it may be taken the wrong way. Humor in writing is difficult, at best. You may think that you are being ironic or sarcastic, but that can be quite difficult to detect as a reader.
- It’s late at night, and your judgment is really not at its peak. No, seriously, it isn’t. Go to bed and see if it is a good idea in the morning.
- What you were going to say is best said in some other way or some other venue. Not everything belongs on Twitter or Facebook. Sometimes you need to take the time to write in longer form, as in a blog post or an article.
- What you were going to say is off-topic for what people expect to hear from you in a particular venue. This is one that I don’t always do a good job of following, but I try. My LinkedIn contacts tend to be other library professionals. Therefore, I probably should keep comments on politics out of LinkedIn. However, my Twitter audience is more diverse and more likely to be amenable to comments that show my personality (at least it is a more informal venue). So perhaps political comments would not be completely out of scope there.