Internet social networking etiquette depends on the same principle from real life “treat others as you want them to treat you”. These etiquettes facilitate efficient interaction so that social networks are not turned into a war zone. Since, no written rules govern ‘netiquette’, as internet social networking is known; it generally depends upon the sensibilities of the person. With the spread of social networking, internet etiquette becomes all the more necessary because it is very easy to damage someone’s reputation. Another factor is that, once on the net it cannot be taken back. And the information can be retrieved by anyone with access to technology. Also people form an opinion about you based on the interactions on the social network. There is always the risk of embarrassing oneself and others. It is very hard to convey politeness in internet social networking so, people should not get offended for getting rejected or not receiving any messages from a particular person. Read the article below to get an idea on the etiquettes involved in internet social networking.
Social Network Etiquettes
- Don’t lose your head on reading negative comments and shoot off a nasty post. Once the sent button is clicked, there is no way to retrieve it back from cyberspace. Later you may realize your nasty comment was unwarranted, but you can do nothing about it.
- Be careful when adding friends. You can safely add the ones, you know. For the rest, add those whose profile interests you.
- Do not paste photos of others, without their permission. Even your photos should be decent. Remember that social networking sites are your online presence, so build your reputation.
- Don’t post links of adult websites or any other illegal sites. Also don’t upload videos and photographs which are obscene.
- Always give the complete and correct profile. Profiles inform others of you and so don’t mislead them. Provide basic background information along with your likes and dislikes.
- Do not spread malicious rumor.
- Slandering other people on social networking sites is also bad manners. Everyone you are connected to can read what you post, so stay away from writing nasty remarks about others.
- Don’t spam. People get irritated when they get spam. Spamming is also in bad taste.
- Don’t keep on requesting people to add you as a friend.
- To be effective, update frequently and participate. Post daily and comment on other peoples post.
- Smilies can be use to denote a tone. However, use it sparingly. Similarly, don’t use all caps in your message posts. Using all caps is the online version of shouting.
- If someone posts you a comment, then reply without fail.
- The less of abbreviation you use the better it is. Use only those abbreviations that are fairly common, as you will not be there to explain.
- Be as brief as possible and to the point. People neither do have the time nor the patience to read page long ramblings.
- In case of any arguments, focus on the issues rather than the people involved.
- Keep an open mind. Don’t get involved in message wars.