To celebrate National Etiquette Week (May 10-14), I’m covering social networking etiquette tips for job seekers this week – one tip each day. On Monday, I shared three reasons why job seeking attorneys should not sync their status updates on social networking sites. Today’s tip …
Tip #2: Don’t abuse “Pls RT” on Twitter
A common practice on Twitter is to include “Pls RT” at the end of urgent, important messages. The “Pls RT” stands for please re-tweet and tells other users that you want them to re-tweet your message. Think of the of the red exclamation points that people sometimes use to flag urgent emails; “Pls RT” is the red exclamation point of tweets and should be used with the same level of caution.
Here’s an example of the proper use of “Pls RT”:
The message is important and the person only tweeted it once. Moreover, this is the only tweet in over a one-week period where this person used “Pls RT.” This one use of “Pls RT” does not rise to an abusive level.
Job seekers may wish to use “Pls RT” if they tweet a question about an interview or their job search. But, follow the example above and use it sparingly for it to be effective.