Text Messaging Tips

Etiquette Advice on Texting

Posted by Liz Taylor Mar 26, 2014

Text Messaging has been on my mind ever since the recent news broke about Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Their CEO said at a press conference that the company’s “sole motivation” for informing passenger family members of their findings via text message was to ensure “the families heard the tragic news before the world did.”

I understand that text messaging is a fast and efficient method for connecting with people, but keep the following tips in mind before texting:

  1. Never communicate bad news via text. Instead, pick up the phone or visit a person live.
  2. Don’t text at inappropriate times.  
  3. Just as you shouldn’t answer your phone during a conversation, you shouldn’t send a text when you are engaged with someone else.
  4. Be careful with abbreviations. They aren’t professional.
  5. Be aware of your tone. Make sure you include a “please” and/or “thank you” to avoid sounding harsh.
  6. Know your generation. No offense to my more seasoned friends, but not everyone is texting. So, never assume all people will receive your messages. 

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