For the most part, ever since I've been on the site, it's been mainly used for sending and receiving
- Thank yous for RTs
- Thank yous for other stuff :)
- Follow up messages on projects, conferences or activities
- Sending or receiving congratulatory messages when a Twitterer's done something great
- Giving/receiving feedback on typos or on anything that needs feedback
- Arranging to meet-up with friends/working colleagues
- Asking and answering questions related to blogging, tweeting, web2.0
- Sending or receiving links to examples of lessons using edtech
- Personal conversations with people I "know"/ have spent a lot of time with / like on Twitter or in real life
The DMs were vaguely bothering me until I realized that actually, it's culture, isn't it... different people and their different identities and their relationships to space and intimacy - so hmmm, while I now get it I have to admit that I'm also a bit culturally challenged to be honest - do I respond with a smart retort saying - um, like, you know, don't spam me...
Or do I say "hey, we don't know each other, not at all and as a general rule, what I do in my private time is hardly any of your business..." but that feels awfully rude...
Do I ignore?
Do I unfollow?
Has this sort of thing happened to you too - how do you feel about the nature of conversations which occur in your DM inbox? Do you have any communicative "borders" you don't like crossed?
What would you do in my shoes?
Useful links related to this posting:
ELT Guide to Twitter
Paid to Tweet
Thnx 4 ur RTs
In the space of 140 characters
p.s the danger of doing a post like this, as I've learned in the past, is that when you don't name names and you don't give specifics, sometimes people think that you're personally criticizing them ... so, um, if you are one of my darling PLN and we've been friends for a while now or even if you're new and I've written you back/we've had a conversation then do understand please that obviously I'm not talking about you... :-) (but you can DM me to check if you like, LOL)