Crowdsourced: Can you disagree online without damaging a relationship?
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Yes, I’m posing this question specifically to you. Are you able to share a differing point of view (POV) without damaging a relationship? Differing POVs are essential and I love the conversation they generate on online forums (like blogs).
When you disagree with someone online is your first response to post something like,
“Here ye, here ye! Joe Smith’s post about <blah blah blah> was stupid and you should know it!”
“Really? Everyone should know that Rita Ray missed a HUGE issue in her article. I’m so annoyed.”
These responses say to me (because this is a personal interpretation) that you do not value the relationship, are trying to get attention or do not care to engage. You might interpret this differently…AND THAT’S OKAY!
I’m writing this post from the POV of a public relations professional and as a business owner. I know it’s all about the relationship.
It’s easy to throw together a quick rant about something (especially in 140 characters), but it takes a little more time to write a constructive response. I respect that and encourage it (especially here). There’s also something to be said for taking time before putting forth a response.
What do you think? What are best practices you’ve seen of people who disagree well online? What are characteristics of “bad” disagreements?
I asked people this question on Facebook and Twitter and received A LOT of responses. Here are a few of my favorites: