I came across this article on PR Daily and thought it was very interesting and had some very valuable points on some communication habits that we have created for ourselves recently that must come to an end.
I will go over the few that I found very important, but the rest of the list has some very good and solid points.
Shortening someone’s name after being introduced: If you are introduced to someone and they say that their name is Robert, you should not automatically shorten it to “Rob”. They told you their name is Robert for a reason, that’s what they want to be called. If they were to say “or Rob, for short”, then it would be acceptable to call them Rob. However, you don’t know them as well as their closest friends do, and they probably prefer being called what they introduced themselves as. Calling them anything shorter or other than what they tell you could be very disrespectful to them.
Tagging objects as people on Facebook: this is something that really bothers me a lot. A rock is not a person, and it’s especially not your best friend Patrick. They’ll see the picture you posted because they’re your friend on the site, you don’t have to tag them as it and get their hopes up when they see a notification that something is actually happening, when all they go to see is that people will now see their name over a picture of a new car.
Sharing a piece without consumption: before you hit ‘retweet’, ‘reblog’, or ‘share’, make sure you watch, read, and view the entire article. Don’t read the first sentence, watch the first minute, and automatically share it with everyone you know. Be sure that what you’re showing someone is something they actually want to see, because who knows, after the first few bits you read, maybe something very controversial and offensive comes up, and you’ll regret sharing that piece.
The rest of the article has very valid points that I recommend checking out, which you can do so here.