public forum

You’re a well-respected professional in your area of expertise. You’re on a public forum – like Twitter / Facebook. There is another well-respected professional in the same area of expertise but this person is a whole lot bigger than you are. And you ask them publicly what they think of your work / blog post / article / comment. You’re an idiot.

Insider tip : if you’re genuinely expecting a response, send them an email. Most people who are big online have their email addresses listed for everyone to access. Of course, if you’re just sucking-up and you know you’re sucking-up, bravo!