'Unfriend' with tact: Social media etiquette

'Unfriend' with tact: Social media etiquette

'Unfriend' with tact: Social media etiquette

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ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

No matter where you go these days, at some point during your day you usually end up navigating your way through a social media minefield.

"There have been some people I haven't friended on Facebook," says Janice Wildy.

"Everytime I open my Facebook I feel guilty because there are all these friend requests that I don't know," adds Waverly Fitzgerald.

"It gets awkward," nods Wildy.

The two women sit sipping tea and coffee at Seattle's Elliott Bay Books while pondering how to deal with those awkward situations. To tweet or not to tweet? Follow or unfollow? Hide, ignore or unfriend?

Now, there is help. It comes from the maven of manners herself, Emily Post...or at least her grandkids.

For nearly 90 years Emily Post's Book of Etiquette has set the standard for how to behave in polite society. Her grandchildren are now upgrading it for the digital generation with tips about everything from if it's okay to "friend" an ex-boyfriend to when it's inappropriate to tweet.

Social media experts Jason and Kelli Krafsky say the message is clear. Whether it's a wedding invitation or a friend request - follow the golden rule.

"Post on Facebook what you'd want posted about you," says Jason.

But are there lines you shouldn't cross? Breaking up though Facebook is a definite no-no, as is spatting with anyone via social media.

"You have to remember there are real people, real lives behind those screens," says Jason Krafsky. "And we have to care about them."

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