online etiquette

Online etiquette flubs could crush your career

March 24, 2011: 5:00 AM ET

More than three-quarters of HR executives said in a recent survey that technology-related gaffes can be hazardous to your job.

By Anne Fisher, contributor

FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I absolutely agree with your post about office distractions like March Madness being no big deal, but it reminded me of a question I've been meaning to ask for a while now. To wit, at what point does multitasking morph into plain old rudeness?

Certain people where I work seem to be so addicted to their BlackBerries that they miss half of what is said in meetings. Then they waste other people's time afterwards asking about things that were covered while they were texting, checking their messages, etc.

Also, the same individuals seem to have no sense of boundaries, so they will send tweets that embarrass other people by raising issues that are really better discussed privately, one on one. A few people here also use texting abbreviations for everything, even in regular emails, so that half the time you can't tell what they're trying to say. Then there are those who constantly "ping" others with instant messages, which is distracting when you're trying to concentrate on actual work.

Sorry to rant, but I'd love to know whether it's just me, or do others find this kind of behavior unacceptable as well? What do you and your readers think? —Biting My Tongue More

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