What’s the deal with Netiquette?
When you were growing up, didn’t your parents teach you to have manners and be polite? That if you didn’t have anything nice to say then you shouldn’t say anything at all? Well that sort of etiquette doesn’t just vanish when you move from the physical world to a virtual space!
“Netiquette” is termed as having respect towards other’s opinions and being considerate and mindful about what is posted on the internet (http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-netiquette).
That being said, there are a few key guidelines to ensure you are using the proper etiquette when interacting with the cyber world.
Firstly, ALWAYS be open minded and NEVER be prejudice towards other users. Everyone has a freedom of speech and a right to voice their personal opinion, so let others express their thoughts without any backlash or scrutiny. Yes, you may not agree with what others have to say, but that doesn’t mean you have to comment something hurtful or negative. If you don’t have anything nice to type, don’t type anything at all!
Secondly, don’t let others get to you. If you blog, or have your own YouTube channel for instance, you are bound to attract an audience. Though you may have many beloved followers who can’t get enough of your posts, there is sure to be a crowd that can’t get enough of putting you down. Instead of engaging with all of that negativity, just scroll right past it! Yes, it might be hurtful and yes you might have a lot to say in return, but it’s not worth it! Don’t lower yourself and argue back. You wouldn’t want all your viewers to see that aggressive side of you, would you? If a comment bugs you that much, delete it! Act like it never existed and move on.
Thirdly, don’t post private information about you or others, ESPECIALLY if you do not have the permission from the other. You may think you’re posting something on your profile and therefore it’s safe and in your control, but you never know who can take that information without you knowing and post it elsewhere. Not only is it discouraged for one to post personal information due to reasons of theft, but also people who do not know you personally should not know your intimate life. On Facebook for instance, one may have 1,000 “friends”, but only know 20 of them personally. Posting personal aspects of your life on Facebook allows for no privacy and grants all of your “friends” access to your confidential information. In addition, future employers don’t want to know THAT much about you! Keep it limited!
Fourthly, DON’T WRITE USING ALL CAPS. Capitalized letters are generally used to emphasize a word in a sentence, however, WHEN A WHOLE SENTENCE IS TYPED IN ALL CAPS, THE READER WILL MOST LIKELY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE BEING YELLED AT. See, didn’t that feel aggressive and uncalled for? Capital letters should not be used when writing something professional, such as a corporate email. That just comes off as immature and unprofessional. You don’t want to scare off your employer or coworkers now, do you? Keep it calm and collective.
Lastly, write in full sentences and avoid using slang. C’mon now, you’re not in elementary school anymore are you? Time to put your adult pants on and start talking like one. Not only do you sound uneducated when using slang words, but others may not interpret slang the same way you do. For example, some use the phrase “what are you saying” as a form of asking what the other is doing. While some construe that phrase as “what are you doing”, others think they need to repeat themselves. To avoid confusion at all costs, it’s best to speak accordingly, that way every audience will understand what is being said. Don’t destroy your native tongue with frivolous slang!