8 Links to Improve your Online Communication

February 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

Although much thought should be given to what and how much we consume online (input), I think it’s worth taking a few moments to think through how to maximize your online output.

If we’re going to take the time to communicate online (and I DO think it’s worth the time), we need to think through how to do so effectively.

Below is a compilation of recent posts from across the web on how to communicate better via Blogs, Twitter and Email.

Here’s to maximizing our use of online communication for the sake of the gospel!

How to become a better Blogger:

State your premise in your lead paragraph

Make the posts short.  (less than 500 words)

Use short paragraphs. I try to stick to 3–4 sentences. If it’s more than this, the content looks too dense. Readers will give up and move on. (Notice how newspapers usually follow this rule.)

Get your own unique URL

How to find legal, quality graphics

Get on a regular writing/posting schedule.

Work on your titles. A great title drives visits, but also informs us as to what we’re going to learn.

End your posts with a question

Make it easy to comment [which is why I stopped using Captcha as a spam blocker. . . which leads to the next helpful post that walks you through . . . ]

How to become a better Tweeter

I try to share ideas, articles and thought provoking content.

I must make every effort to have all my tweets add value to my followers’ lives.

I will try to minimize trivial things like, “I’m at the airport”, “I’m at McDonalds”, “I love pasta”

Shoot for a 20-1 ratio. I want to post 20 or so helpful resources or bits of information for every post in which I ask for help solving a problem, supporting a cause, or touting one of my company’s products, etc.

How to communicate better through Email

Technology creates a vacuum that we humans fill with negative emotions by default.

In other words, if an email’s content is neutral, we assume the tone is negative.

In an effort to be productive and succinct, our communication may be perceived as clipped, sarcastic, or rude.

One (surprising) solution: Use emoticons more often 🙂

Communicate “action steps” first, not last.

A good rule of thumb is to strive to keep emails to one line or less.

Never “reply all” (unless you absolutely must).

What other tips/links do you have on how we can communicate better online?

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