digital manners

In the digital age, how we post, tweet, text and otherwise communicate is immensely complicated despite its relative ease. With one wrong click, you can make a faux pas that goes viral in moments – and lasts forever. That’s why Petrow writes a twice-weekly column called “Digital Life” for USA TODAY.

If you use any of these new services and platforms, it’s a good bet you’ve made a few missteps along the way. Petrow not only gets the brave new world of today, he also lives it – his advice is up-to-the-nano-second. — Yahoo!But whatever you did, it was probably something that was pretty embarrassing at the time. At least. Others have wrecked their marriages, lost their jobs, violated parole, found themselves evicted, been expelled from school, even compromised national security.

Don't despair: Steven Petrow regularly receives questions and offers advice on all manner of digital etiquette dilemmas. Here are just a few samples:

"What should I do about my wife’s Facebook page after her death?"
"Google reveals too much about me!"
"I want to come out on Facebook but my best friend is telling me 'no!'"
"My seat mate was watching porn on the plane!"
"Looking for love online."
"What do I do? My boss has sent me a 'friend' request on Facebook."