Being popular and well-received in online chat can be all about simple, good manners. First, do your small part in making online chat a welcoming and fun place to be. There are some basic rules to follow so that you don’t get kicked out or lose the benefits of what could be great relationships.
– Play nice.
The most important rules that apply to any type of online chat is to be kind, polite, considerate and respectful. Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you. In online chat, common sense echoes the rules of common decency, those considerations that make you a nice and likeable person in real life will make you a good person to interact with in online chat as well.
– Don’t type all caps.
In case you missed it… typing in all caps is considered bad form when it comes to any kind of online chat. Many online chat fans view it as a written form of yelling. Plus, it can be difficult to read and can come across as aggressive.
There might be a few exceptions (very few), unless you are typing “I’M TOO SEXY!” simply because you are, and you want to emphasize that… all caps may be forgivable. But in general, all-caps messages are hardly ever, ever well-received by readers.
– Don’t send phishing or malicious links.
This is perhaps a “no-brainer”, but the most effective way to ruin a prospective friendship is to send your fellow chatters a phishing link to a site that will do them some damage, or forward attachments that contain malware. This is truly bad form. Before you launch a link, don’t just guess or assume it’s OK. Know for certain it’s not harmful.
– Don’t spam.
This one’s pretty obvious too. And yes, there are people who do it very intentionally. Don’t be one of them. Spam is very annoying at the least. It’s a waste of time and resources. Report or block offenders when you can. Spammers don’t make friends with anybody.
– Don’t sell too hard.
You may use online chats to find leads for something you’re selling. Most people in online chats don’t seem to mind a mild and decent sales pitch or lite proposal. But, no matter how they say “not interested” in a response to you take them at their word. Change the subject to something more agreeable or tolerable. Don’t push on with the idea you can change their mind if they’ll just be attentive. Most people really don’t want to be sold anything; especially when they’re looking first and foremost for a good time.
Online chat can be a truly great addition to your daily life. And again, if you’re generally viewed as a good, nice, pleasant person in real life, you’ll probably want to experience the same decent treatment in online chat. So, simply remember and practice the Golden Rule to find the most fun with online friends and acquaintances.