Netiquette- A Must For All
Today, millions of people around the world communicate with each other over the Internet. While communicating with other people, from friends to colleagues, it is always important to follow Netiquette.
Netiquette is a term joined together with the interlinking of the words ‘Net’ and ‘Etiquette’. As both the words give you an idea about the term, netiquette is the most important aspect of online communication. It is as important to be courteous and polite to others while communicating on the net, as it is in real life. The importance of netiquette has been emphasized over the years since communicating over the net has only increased with time. Netiquette does not only display professionalism and courteousness but also defines your character over the Internet. Three basic principles of Netiquette are mentioned below.
Always Identify Yourself
Identifying yourself while writing emails is one of the basic principles of Netiquette. It does not only display professionalism but also introduces the reader to the author of the text.
Using Appropriate and Respectful Language
It is important for us to use polite and appropriate language while communicating online. For example, always use words like ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ while communicating with colleagues.
Address Your Reader and Avoiding Sarcasm
Always address the person you are writing to. Using words like Mr, Mrs, or Ms to address a colleague in office is a must to show professionalism. Apart from addressing yourself, avoid sarcasm while writing to others, as sarcasm does not always get transferred online. A person who does not understand the sarcasm might feel offended.
On an ending note, Netiquette is of the most important aspect of online communicating. In my Art 100 class, which is a web based class, my professor has kept certain amount of credit for following Netiquette. Since all the communication between students and professor take place online, it is important for everyone to display professionalism and respect towards each other. In today’s world, Internet is used communicate between millions of people all over the world. Hence, the importance of online courtesy and etiquette should be understood by people of all ages and cultures who use the Internet for communication.