What exactly is Netiquette?
Netiquette is the ethics of cyberspace. More specifically netiquette is what should or should not do while you are communicating over a network. Netiquette involves communicating not just over email, but through social networking sites, forums, and blogging as well. Your practice of netiquette should involve your use of common sense and your morals. Netiquette is also based on what most of you learned in Kindergarten, treating others how you want to be treated. When you are communicating online you must ask yourself a number of questions before you hit the send button: * Would I say this to the person’s face?
* Would I want to be treated in this manner?
* Is this message hurtful?
* Would I want other people I know to see this message?
* Could this message hurt me in the long run?
Why must you ask yourself these questions? Simply because when you communicate online, anything you say can easily be traced back to you, whether you emailing another person or you are communicating to your friend on a social networking site. There is no confidentiality online. Even though Facebook ask “What’s on your mind?”, you shouldn’t put what’s really on your mind. Before posting a status on a site such as Facebook, you must think about the effect it will have on your friends, family, job, or maybe your co-workers. When you post something that involves religion, politics, or money you could possibly be insulting someone. I suggest you steer away from these topics. Another recent issue has been the discussion on your job on Facebook. Lately, several people have been fired from their job over a status they have posted. I am sure when they posted the status, they did not mean any harm, but your jobs ensue an amount of confidentiality in you and you should not expose matters that could potentially get you fired. Another way a lot people are being fired is because of “personal” emails between colleagues. Your “personal” email really...
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