A Question of Netiquette and Sensitivity

Readers and friends, I seek your advice. One of FSG’s authors, Michele Wucker, is the Executive Director of the World Policy Institute and something of an expert on Haiti. She’s been interviewed by several media outlets in the past week concerning the tragedy, which I’d like to point people to through FSG’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. I’ve posted links to her interviews on the book page for Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. They’re relevant and topical.

The question is, how to hit the right tone in 140 characters? I thought of something like “@wucker of the World Policy Inst. on the hist. context for Haiti tragedy; a few links & video here: http://is.gd/6O9Kf” Though the last thing I would want to do is appear like I’m directing people to buy the book because the author’s in the media because of a tragedy.

What do you think?

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3 responses to “A Question of Netiquette and Sensitivity

  1. Micro-blog writing style is slightly different from blog post comment writing style. Choice of medium, medium appropriate writing style, and sensitivity skills are just some of the “must have” skills that we need for a more community friendly Internet. See http://www.dynamicalsoftware.com/news/?p=76 for more tips on this.

  2. Tom Thompson

    Ryan, I can’t imagine you could get any flack from this. We all need good information. If you honestly think this is useful and pertinent, you shouldn’t hold back just b/c your company will make a few bucks off each sale. You’re wording is really objective and reasonable.

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