LET’S TALK ABOUT NETIQUETTE !
Living in today’s age of vast technology and fast Internet, we may be carried away with its rapid flow. However, we should not forget some basic rules or etiquettes we need to observe even in the online world or netiquette. As we have some laws to abide by off the Internet, we also have those unspoken and explicitly stated rules to follow in the online world.
We should not be just everyday consumers of fast Internet and connection. We ought to be responsible users with proper behaviors. Here are some netiquettes one should learn:
Probably one of the fundamental netiquettes is never to plagiarize. I bet we don’t have to explain what will happen if you disobey right discretely? If you happen to be moved or inspired by what you’ve seen online, give proper credits due to their owners. Be it in photos, texts, stories, and whatnot. A link to the source will do or a note “credits to the owner” if you can’t trace the origin.
We all know how irritating unwanted messages and ads are. If you happen to be Internet literate or tech-savvy or exploring your ways in the online world, please, for the love of humanity, do not spam. There are many things a person could do with his or her time on the Internet and clicking away or deleting those spams just eats up time, not to mention some also threatens security.
Converse with Other People Properly (even if you can’t see them personally!)
Fast Internet or it alone makes our world closer than ever. Before, you need to wait weeks and months before your message reaches your receiver. But now, with just a few clicks, you don’t need to worry if that person still knows you are alive and kicking. Nonetheless, everything has its ups and downs. Some take the Internet, a cyber world or some sort of, as an excuse to misbehave.
People should always remember that even if you can’t see the people you are talking about on the Internet, you should still observe proper etiquette. Be it with your friends on Facebook or followers in other social media accounts or strangers from the different side of the globe.
Familiarize Yourself with Internet Jargons and Language
For better understanding and meaningful conversations, it wouldn’t hurt it you learn Internet jargons and language. These are the terms used, not only by the millennial but also from the different walks of life and ages. Knowing these things do not just make you cool but can help you to be more productive online. Plus, it is fun to learn new things, right?
Be Mindful and Careful with What You Post and Share
No matter how much you want to shout to the world your achievements, problems, rants, and whatnot online, you got to keep it cool and safe. Never compromise your safety and security online. Posting and sharing personal information is a no. If you think a post online is toxic and should not be for public viewing, be the bigger person to report it or ask it to be taken down.
Never Forget to Obey the Laws, Offline and Online.
The laws of the land have changed. It does not include our physical activities but also what we do on the Internet. Unlawful hacking, cyber pornography, and Internet scamming are just a few things that probably give the Internet a bad name. So, if you are a frequent user, never forget to obey the laws, offline and online. As mentioned in the previous point, if you think and believe that there is something malicious going on, report it to the authorities. Do not be silent about those things and let it pass. Who knows, you might just save a life.
Be Patient with Others
Not all people are born with Internet knowledge and abilities. So, if you know someone who is just starting to explore the cyber jungle, be patient and offer help if needed.
Log Out Your Accounts
Aside from personal security reasons, logging out your accounts in publicly shared gadgets is a sign of responsibility and courtesy to the next user. Like what we say, it will just happen in a few clicks so spare some for your logging out.
There you go! It would be a lot longer if we try to explain everything and add more netiquettes. But if you come to think of it, the online world does not differ that much with what we have online. At the end of the day, we would still bank on respect, courtesy, and honesty.