ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Is Netiquette And Why Is It Important?

Updated on July 31, 2014

The internet is an integral part of our lives. It has become the popular medium of communication for most to undertake everything from buying and selling goods and services, banking, socialising and running a business.

It is not surprising then that the term netiquette was born. The basic rule is 'thinking before posting'. And the rule applies to all of us, particularly when we are running a business.

So what is netiquette?

What is netiquette?

Netiquette, or internet etiquette, refers to the 'informal rules' that we, as a society, should be adhering to when interacting online.

These manners and 'shared rules' can cover everything from the tone that we write, to the tact of our responses.

It also covers the little things that make first impressions count.

If you are search a social network for a business, chances are you will not see a photograph of his or her children or the family pet. You will find their real name, a professional image that represents themselves and helpful content that they have either written themselves, or shared from other worthwhile sources.

Netiquette is a set of 'informal rules' that really should be considered at all times. Let's take a look at some of these rules.

Netiquette rules


  • Fill out your online profile with your real information and photos - some sites, like Facebook, will actually close your page and account down if you use fake details.
  • Ensure your username (if visible to connections) represents your business - set up a vanity URL where the option arises.
  • Be tactful. Whether you like it or not, future employers are now moving to use social media as a mechanism to research those that they are looking to hire - your online actions, behaviour and photos could make or break you.
  • Friend and follow only people or businesses that you respect - It may reflect bad on you otherwise.
  • Take extra care when dealing with emails - personal, confidential or legal matters sent through email are risky; emails can be forwarded on to anyone.
  • Watch your language used - Capitals and acronyms may not be appropriate nor understood by all - capitals can be considered rude as if you are shouting.

Whilst there is a time and a place (more often than not, it is on Facebook) for you to stand on your soapbox and complain, or share with others your thoughts and feelings, social media users repeatedly report that useless information, constant complaining, bad-mouthing others and irrelevant content are their top reasons for 'unliking' a page or removing themselves from someone's group or circle.

Whilst there is nothing in concrete, it is important to bear in mind that the internet involves millions of people and everyone is different. So before you reply to an email that has upset you, take a break and walk away. Before you spontaneously comment on a LinkedIn post that goes against your beliefs consider who's looking. And before you share a photo online, ensure you are aware of your privacy settings.


© 2014 AnswerQuestions

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)