Good stuff Ray! I'm thinking an element of naïveté can also be involved. We happily make analogies between socializing on-line and in person. Still, it can be much easier to appreciate the sucking factor of not being responsive in a face-to-face situation than it is on line. In my own slow (and continuing) climb out of social media naïveté I was surprised to discover it was actually OK to respond to someone "liking" or "following" (or whatever) you on-line: a fascinating oversight for someone who has spent years working with people to build rapport in their relationships! Bloopers like this can continue completely under our on-line social competence radar until someone actually spells it out - usually in a "10 Great Things to Do On-Line" article. I suspect that for many of us there’s an on-going learning curve for realizing we can apply active listening skills - along with being nice, generous, and authentic – to media we've long experienced in other contexts (like books and TV) as inert, deaf and oblivious to our presence.
@Robert McFadden Thank you, Robert. Those that know how to build relationships in real life and take those skills online, will have little problems adjusting to social media etiquette.
We all seek validation even if it's a "thanks for posting this", or I appreciate your "like".Although social media is accessible to everyone, it remains that you have to be social before you can do social.
I appreciate your feedback, thanks. :-)