Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I love to write, and I studied journalism in high school. Back then, I wanted to be a journalist. (I still wouldn't mind it but other things have captured my interest.) I'm still a writer at heart, and that's the driving force behind my blog.
net·i·quette/ˈnɛtɪkɪt, ‐ˌkɛt/ Show Spelled[net-i-kit, ‐ket]
–nounthe rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, esp. the Internet.
I'm also a stickler. I'm a good speller, and I use proper terminology that I learned in English. I'm THAT mom who is constantly correcting my children: "Dave and I, dear"... etc.
One thing that really bothers me when I'm online is misspells and acronyms. I hone right in on a misspelled word like it's highlighted on the page that I'm reading, whether it's in a newspaper or online. It's one of my biggest pet peeves. I use acronyms in certain instances, but I can honestly say that you probably have never seen me write one here on my blog.
The purpose of this post today is to educate you, if you're not familiar yet, with netiquette. I've consulted some sites here, just for clarification, but I'm going to share with you the main netiquette rules you need to know.
1. Remember there's a human reading what you wrote. Don't be offensive.
2. Be ethical. My fave: The Golden Rule - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Funny how this applies to every situation in life!)
3. Know your audience.
4. Respect your audience.
5. Brush up on your writing skills. Take a class, if necessary. Don't curse unless in an acceptable arena for doing so. (leads back to #3)
6. Share knowledge.
7. Respect people's privacy.
Here's my personal fave tips:
- Typing in all caps is yelling. Only use all caps when there is something you really need to get across or you feel really strongly about.
- If you're going to use an acronym, make sure it's the correct one. i.e., ROF is not the correct acronym. ROFLMAO is. (now you've seen me use an acronym on my blog... it was unavoidable!)
- Use your spellcheck! Even browsers underline a misspelled word - all you have to do is right-click on the word to see spelling suggestions. It's quite easy!
Here's a Netiquette quiz you can take to learn more about how to behave online.
Any tips? Share them in the comments!