Ask anyone who’s been to a cocktail party: sometimes the hardest part of networking is knowing how to stop. And in the realm of social media, this is just as true. How do you end a conversation gracefully when someone you started following is bombarding your feed with annoying updates; the health care blog you used to comment on has totally changed its focus; you just don’t have the time or resources to keep up with all the sites in your Reader; or on those occasional situations when you get trapped in a constant back-and-forth of responses that just won’t end?
If this is you—and you’re doing a lot of thanking someone for thanking you for thanking them for a retweet—then, listen up, it’s time to thank us for this post about the art of ending a conversation, and move on. Because whether it’s on your blog or on Twitter, in a Facebook conversation or a LinkedIn group, there are some key things to keep in mind when you’re hoping to end a social media conversation gracefully.
Don’t be afraid to unfriend