Are you actually trying to convince someone?
Or how you may not want to insult the people you're trying to convince
I came across this tweet (reblogged by @gruber)
This tweet from Maciej Ceglowski of Pinboard comes a little while after a talk he presented titled The Website Obesity Crisis. Overall I think he has very interesting concerns about how bloated our web pages are, and whether they actually need to be so bloated or not.
His actual arguments or concerns are not what I want to talk about though. It's the content of the tweet, and what he was trying to do with it.
If you want to get your point across, try to start with aligning yourself with them. A little bit of empathy can go a long way in opening people up to listening to you.