These days there are a great variety of people using the internet, instant messenger, e-mail, and any of the 9 quadrillion times 40 quintillion squared different social marketing websites. People ranging in every aspect of life, age, race, religion, intelligence, etc. Today we’ll be talking about internet etiquette, or more notably, what not to do on the internet.
These examples apply mostly to places where you’re interacting with other people, whether it is your favorite instant messaging client, email, or like I mentioned before, the 408 eleventy million social networking/bookmarking sites such as Digg, de.licio.us, myspace, friendster, facebook, and the list goes on for days.
- 1. DO NOT TYPE IN ALL CAPS
- Typing in all caps is considered yelling. It’s you trying to get your point across to somebody who is, shall we say, less than understanding. At times it is used in a PORTION of a statement, to add accentuation or implied importance to the capitalized letters. See what I did there? The important part of what I was saying was in all caps. However, you’re entire statement, 99% of the time, is not that important.Good example of using all caps: THE SERVER IS DOWN. WILL NOT RESPOND TO ANYTHING. WE ARE LOSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SALES EVERY 5 SECONDS. PLEASE HELP.Bad example of using all caps: HI BUDDIES. WHAT DID YOU GUYS DO THIS WEEKEND? I HAD FUN.See how annoying that is?
- 2. No Secrets
- If it’s something you want to keep private, don’t send it in an email. While most email clients and servers are capable of using SSL for e-mail, most by default do not. Things like usernames, passwords, social security numbers, credit card information, etc should be kept to the phone or another secure means of transfer. It’s unlikely that somebody would be able to grab your information while it is sending across the internets, but I feel it is much better to be safe than sorry. In short, if you wouldn’t put it up on a bulletin board at a grocery store, don’t put it in your email, unless you are confident that your email is secure, and the recipient is trustworthy and also has security measures in place.
- 3. Do not instigate “Flame Wars”
- Flame wars. Ahh, they can be fun at times. But generally, annoying and very bad etiquette. For those not in the know, a flame war is, well here’s an example. You’re discussing something, anything, lets say cars on your favorite internet forum. The topic of the discussion is Ford, and in a good way. Generally it’s not a good idea, nor good etiquette to go into that topic and start spewing your hatred for all things ford, including Henry Ford himself, and his great-great-grand-niece. Then go on to say something like “GM RULES LOL!!”. Initiate flame war. The next 306 pages will be a discussion between fans of Ford, and fans of GM.This idea can be applied to nearly anything. Video games, for example. If you’re in a topic about how awesome the new X-Box 360 game is, it’s generally not a good idea to go in there and start talking about how much better PS3 (or Wii, or whatever) is. Just don’t do it.
- 4. Do not post incredibly long blog posts
- With that said, we will continue this almost incredibly long blog post on another installment, on another day!