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Digital age etiquette tips for Facebook faux pas and texting trip ups

Some survival tips for this digital age of social media and new technology.

Christian Science Monitor

Cellphone Usage

Do: Keep your phone on vibrate or silent mode in public or the workplace – no one needs to hear your cool, new "Star Wars" ring tone.

Don't: Keep your Bluetooth, oh so useful while driving, on and in your ear when not on the phone.

Related: The etiquette gap - From Newt and Mitt to Facebook and texting

Social Networking Sites

Do: Use your "friending" power– and privacy settings – wisely. Be aware of who can see what. Your "sick day" will be less believable if co-workers know your status is "party's in Vegas!"

Don't: Post important information – deaths, weddings, pregnancies – instead of calling friends and family individually. This goes for breakups, too! Don't be that ex.

Text Messaging

Do: Make sure you're texting the right number. It's an easy mistake, with uncomfortable consequences.

Do: Respond to texts as you would in a face-to-face conversation; the same rules apply.

Don't: Send a text when engaged face to face with someone else. Feel free to excuse yourself if it's important – but we can totally tell you're texting behind that menu!

Don't: Use obnoxious, unclear abbreviations in work-related messages. Your co-workers are not cryptologists and will not be amused.

Sources: collegecandy.com, sherweb.com, emilypost.com, Robert Half

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