The Internet was created for sharing information to help make the world a better place. However people are misusing the power of internet (by engaging in acts of cyber bullying or breaching privacy of others). Thus, the need of netiquette arises; netiquette refers to net + etiquette. In other words, Netiquette refersto Manners or appropriate code of conduct while engaging online.
The Core Rules of Netiquette
- Rule 1: Remember the human
You are interacting with another human being, so maintain dignity.
- Rule 2: Behave online as you do in real life
Don’t turn into another personality while interacting online. Be your true self.
- Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace-
You are not the center of cyberspace
- Rule 4: Respect other people’s time and bandwidth
Ensure the time people spend reading your information isn’t wasted.
- Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
Not talking about your pictures, be polite and nice to others .
- Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
Know what you are talking about and make sense, don’t just keep forwarding random information.
- Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
Don’t post flame-bait (don’t use offensive language or be confrontational for the sake of confrontation).
- Rule 8: Respect other people’s privacy
Don’t save/ share or misuse personal data of others.
- Rule 9: Don’t abuse your power
Knowing more than others, or having more power than they do, does not give you the right to take advantage of it.
- Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes
Ignore minor errors. Think twice before pointing out mistakes and do it privately and politely
FEW OTHER HANDY TIPS
- Test before sending/posting: Would you say it to the person’s face? If not, reword and reread.
- Typing in all capitals indicates you are SHOUTING to your audience
- There are only words online, no nonverbal cues, making it easy to misinterpret meaning
- Words are written - they may come back and you don’t know where they might go
- You will be judged on the quality of your writing - spelling and grammar do count
- Anonymity is powerful but don’t take advantage of your anonymity.
- You wouldn’t look through a co-workers desk, don’t look through personal e-mail.
- Everyone was a beginner, or network newbie, at some point.
- Pointing out Netiquette violations are often examples of poor Netiquette.
Be nice to others both online and offline !