If you know me, you know I don’t love text messages. It’s one of my least favorite forms of communication. HOWEVER I know that it serves its purpose and it’s helped me find my husband in crowded venues and friends when last minute schedules change.
However, when I spoke on a follow up a few weeks ago, I was SHOCKED to receive a follow up message via text! Seriously? NO. And it wasn’t a simple “great to meet you” it was a short paragraph with info and actual follow up on something we had discussed. I was so surprised by it, it took me a few days to respond (in a different medium).
Text messaging still seems personal to me and not an acceptable way to follow up or network with people you have just met or barely know IN A BUSINESS SITUATION.
Now, if I am meeting someone and they are running late, a text message saying “I’m stuck in traffic, will be 5 minutes late” is fine. But email (my favorite communication medium) and phone (meh, it has it’s purpose) are always the right options, not texting.
The Emily Post Institute, home of my new favorite podcast, Awesome Etiquette, has a great article about texting if you need a quick reminder.