So I've been reading up on Emily Post's Etiquette (18th Edition) and thought y'all would enjoy this excerpt on Virtual Manners, from the book...
While each specific Internet service serves a different purpose, they all share common attributes governed by etiquette. Most importantly, the conventions for interacting and conversing in a polite, positive, considerate, respectful, and honest way still apply. That means taking care with what you write and what you post. People who receive your message don't have your body language, your facial expressions, or tone of voice to help interpret the meaning of your message. All they have are the words on their screen. While you might have been joking or sarcastic, they may read your comments as hurtful, rude or spiteful. Take time with your messages and posts to consider whether they might be interpreted in a negative light by the people who look at them.
Everything Online is Public...and Permanent. One litmus test for deciding whether to make a comment or post is to ask yourself, "If I posted this on a bulletin board for anyone to read, would that be okay?" Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs - these are all virtual bulletin boards and anyone can access and see them. A college graduate should remember that posts and pictures of vacations and parties on Facebook may well be seen by bosses and prospective employers and can affect getting and keeping a job. The same is true for employees whose tweets and blogs castigate a company or individual. Assume that unflattering comments about friends, ex-friends, significant others, or exes will be seen not only by the targets themselves but by their friends and families. Their opinions of the posts and of you will be affected. Remember: Nothing online is private, and computers have perfect memory.
Intentionally making disparaging remarks has no place in personal communications, and it has no place online either. It's not simply a matter of expressing your opinion, but of crafting it to stay on topic and to contribute constructively to the conversation.
Spelling and Grammar. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
Word Choice. Take care that the words you use have the meaning you think they have.
Sentence Case. Use correct capitalization and punctuation so your writing is clear and comprehensible.
Punctuation. Proper punctuation helps a person know what you mean.
Text-Speak Abbreviations. Except when writing text messages and tweets, avoid using abbreviations. B4 may be simple to figure out, but 2GTBT (too good to be true) could be misinterpreted. If you're reader doesn't understand it, then his focus shifts from getting your message to deciphering your code.
So what did you think? Pretty informative, huh?
All I can say is I'm loving this book, and even if I feel like some of it is obvious to me, it's nice to have a pleasant reminder.
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It's refreshing and the images are fabulous!
W starts swim lessons today. Hope the rain holds off!