If someone sends you a gift out of the goodness of their heart, would you thank the person or would you pocket it and do nothing?
Can I get a raise of hands, please?
Last week, I wrote a blog post out of the goodness of my heart, linking to 10 people’s Twitter usernames and their blog posts–specific people whose words inspired me the prior week. If you click that link and scroll through the comments, would you be surprised that only four people thanked me?
Moreover, thank you for adding a comment here–not via Twitter or on other social media–so future stumblers across the blog post can see your gratitude and contributions.
To everyone else: Shame on you. Maybe your hands didn’t raise above.
To be fair, one or two of you did thank me in the form of a Twitter reply or retweet. But, come on. If I called you and left you a voice message on your answering machine, would you respond with a handwritten note? Of course not; you’d call me back. Same thing here. I link to you; netiquette indicates you should add a blog comment. No?
Or is the issue that Seth, Kim, Danny, and Wayne are tracking their names online and instantly know when someone mentions them or links to them? Help me understand. Why do four people respect the manner of saying thank you when six don’t?
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UPDATE: Please read my follow-up where I explain that pobody is nerfect.