I’ve had some major life changes happen in the last two months. As a result, I’ve changed the way I’ve done many things. One thing that I’ve been doing more of is texting from my cell phone. Just like email, I’ve noticed that there appears to be some right and wrong things that are being done when people send texts to me. There are also things that people do that drive me crazy. So, here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts for all you texters out there:
- Don’t replace all communication with texts. It’s the same within a business environment as it is with personal relationships, texting cannot communicate those subtle nuances that accompany face-to-face meetings or even phone calls.
- Don’t deliver bad news by text – See the source article below!
- Texts should be short and sweet – Verizon says that anything over 160 characters should be an email.
- Don’t expect your text to get to your recipient the minute you hit “send”. I’ve seen messages take days to get there. If it’s time sensitive, call. I sent one text in reply to one that I received and it was delivered the following day…at least 30 times. My recipient sent me one back saying, “Make it stop!”
- Don’t send texts while under the influence…bad move.
- Check the recipient’s number BEFORE you hit “send”. Your boss might not like receiving the love letter you thought you sent to your girlfriend.
- Use texting for messages that cannot be misinterpreted.
- Do not send texts to friends when you are with someone else. Reading and sending texts when with someone else (while on a date, for example) tells the one you are with they are less important than the one you are texting. This doesn’t apply when just hanging out with others.
- Do not text while driving — Ever.
- Surveys show that many people find the shorthand messages that others send to them as difficult to read and understand. Consider using predictive text software that makes texting faster and less frustrating.
What are some best practices for short texts that you can add to this list?