The Do’s and Don’ts of Netiquette

Netiquettes is referred to network etiquette and is a set of rules for acceptable online behaviour. These are a few things that you should and should not do on the internet:

Treat people the way you want to be treated — Just because you are online, it doesn’t mean that you are not interacting with people.

Never write in all CAPITAL LETTERS — This is considered shouting and people don’t like someone SCREAMING AT THEIR FACE.

When in doubt, don’t post — Make conversations meaningful. Posting one less tweet, update and photo would not matter. Avoid being the one who messages about your workout routine or what you are eating. Engage with others in a meaningful way.

Off-limits — Opinions on politics, religion, personal attacks and controversial subjects should not be put on public internet. You will lose friends and followers quickly.

Acronyms — Don’t overuse acronyms in online communications. Not everyone will understand what certain things stand for.

Don’t abuse the hashtag — Use a maximum of two hashtags for your tweets or Facebook and Instagram posts. Also, make sure that the hashtag is short and has a meaning. #HashtagEtiquette

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Don’t rant — Don’t take internet into your hands and rant about your personal problems. People will be very confused on what it is happening and will begin to question it. If you have a problem with someone, talk to them personally.

Internet feuds — Avoid exchange insults and abuse, also known as ‘flaming’. This can get you banned from the site. Also, avoid being drawn into a fight and never post abusive messages on other’s pages.

Facebook tag– It’s annoying when people tag you in an ugly picture, especially when that person looks flawless and you look like a hot mess. It’s more annoying when people tag you in a picture that you are not a part of what so ever. Just don’t do it. If you are going to tag them, it might be nice just to ask before doing so.

Fishing for compliment — When you post a picture of yourself and have the caption saying “OMG, look how ugly I look!”, just to have people praise your appearance.

Fishing for comments — When you post depressing comments on social media for people to question “why are you saying that?”

Selfie captions — It has become a thing where girls and guys will take a selfie and has an inspirational quote or use song lyrics as their caption. It’s super annoying when the caption has absolutely nothing to do with the picture. Making a duck face and having a caption saying “As long as you love me, I’ll be your platinum, I’ll be your silver, I’ll be your gold”, like WHAT?!?…that makes no sense!

Don’t be a know-it-all — Don’t be that person who is constantly correcting other people. Jeezzz…we know you are good at English but it doesn’t mean you should be correcting them for the smallest things.

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