Digital Manners: Can I ignore a tweet with my name on it?

Digital Manners: Can I ignore a tweet with my name on it?

Navigating the intersection of etiquette and technology.
June 7 2011 1:44 PM

Can I Ignore a Tweet Directed at Me?

Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe debate whether Twitter users are obliged to answer their followers.

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This week, Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe debate whether it's rude not to respond when someone on Twitter directs a question to you. Listen to Episode 7 using the audio player below or by opening this player in a new window.

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Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

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