In this June 11, 2014 photo, a man walks past a Facebook sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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WASHINGTON:The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas.Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into account new technologies and social media.Social media such as Facebook pose particular etiquette problems: if users post news about a death, birth or engagement before relatives are notified, that creates tensions among family members.Social media is also used to break off, or to announce a new relationship, which can be a surprise to the other person.Digital technology has forced a reboot at the Emily Post Institute, which grew out of the work of the noted etiquette author.Her great-great-grandson Daniel Post Senning released a book last year on digital etiquette after realizing the topic merited more than just a chapter in the updated Emily Post book."New technology is changing every major aspect of people's lives for which they would come to Emily Post looking for advice," Senning said.A longstanding digital etiquette issue is when people should turn off or silence their smartphones.Twitter gaffes can turn into public relations nightmares for companies using social media to boost their image.
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