Netiquette 101 – A Review
January 18, 2021
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January 18, 2021
Netiquette is a relatively new word. It was created in the 1990s using a blend of the words “internet” and “etiquette.” A noun, Oxford Languages defines netiquette as “the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the internet.” In other words, just like etiquette is a code of polite behavior in society, netiquette is a code of good behavior on the internet. Simply put, it’s a set of rules for behaving properly online.
Review is good. It’s a new year, and what better time to review some of the basic practices for communicating online … via email, social media, online chat, web forums, website comments, messaging applications, multiplayer gaming, and so on – where cues such as facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice aren’t available (non-face-to-face)?
First and foremost, netiquette is based on the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” While orbiting in cyberspace, it can be easy to forget that any person who reads our message or reply is actually another human being with real feelings just like ours ….
Netiquette benefits everyone on the internet. Posting a positive comment rather than a negative one can really make someone’s day and is an encouragement to all.
Now that it’s been 20 years since the word “netiquette” was first used, and the 10 basic guidelines defined, we can add the following, from experience:
Netiquette is an important aspect of digital citizenship and, unfortunately, poor netiquette can stick around to haunt us for a long, long time. Abiding by netiquette principles, together we can help construct and maintain a pleasant, comfortable, and efficient environment for online communication.