Three Simple Rules to Avoid Screaming After You Hit Send

Three simple rules to avoid screaming after you hit sendI was sitting at an airline gate when my iPhone beeped. It was a Direct Twitter Message from one of my team. I quickly texted a follow up message and hit send. I had just sent this personal message……. “Are you out of your mind! That may be the dumbest idea I have ever heard!” to the entire world.

At best, the mistake identified me as a novice and at worst a nut case! Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@kendavislive) know I do this on a fairly regular basis.

It’s not prudent or cool to notify the universe that your underwear has returned from the cleaners. So, if your wife sends you a Twitter message it’s better not to hit “send” unless you see her name at the top of your iPhone. If it says “Twitter” at the top, you are about to remind the cyber world that your “tightie whities” need professional cleaning.

So here are a couple of rules I am learning to follow. I hope they will keep you from entering the embarrassing twilight zone of accidental messages sent to the wrong people.

  1. Double and triple check before you hit send.
  2. When texting in message mode it is very easy to answer a Direct Message without putting a Direct Message address in front of the text.

    • So make sure you are texting and not Twittering
    • And make sure you are messaging the right person
  3. Don’t text or DM anything that you wouldn’t want the world to see.
  4. Odds are good someday you WILL make a mistake and they will see it. Keep it appropriate, be nice, and save sensitive material for a direct call. .

  5. Disable your phone from sending tweets to your text box.
  6. This almost always solves the problem.

If you see a tweet from me that say’s something like “Miss you and can hardly wait to put my arms around you,” please don’t sue me, or send your address or show up at my house. Just pray for my wife and the people who work with me.

That’s about it.

Got to go! There is someone at my door with a sign that says, “Saw your tweet, I need a hug.”

Am I alone? What is your cyber horror story?

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