Everyone knows that how you interact with others in real life can affect the way that people perceive you, and this concept carries into the online world of social media and networking. Digital Etiquette is the same as real life etiquette. It’s how you treat others, and knowing that what you say, and how you say it, can have a profound impact on other people, and their perception of you. If you’re a user of social media, I’m sure you’ll understand when I say that there are some people who you can be great friends with in real life, but can’t stand on the internet, because they don’t understand the simple concept of having good online etiquette. Here are some things that I can think of that are examples of BAD digital etiquette:
- Poor grammar and spelling.
- Being rude or making derogatory remarks.
- Using anonymity as a device to act however you please, regardless of consequence.
Everything you do or say on the internet is, in one form or another, documented, and is therefore a reflection of you. The internet is not a place to hide from your ‘real life’, the internet is real life. The things that you say to others can have an impact on their life. A real impact. We see this all the time – from the news, like in the case of Amanda Todd, or even just from a friend having their feelings hurt from what someone said to them online.
The good news is, following proper digital etiquette is easy! Just think about whether or not what you’re writing is something you would say to someone face-to-face. If it isn’t, don’t post it!
Here are some links to help you further educate yourself on digital etiquette: