Yesterday I wrote about a new kind of etiquette – cyberspace etiquette. This is a continuation of that post.
E-mail etiquette is quite simple. It is simply a matter of thinking twice before sending a message. Don’t forward “factual” messages you haven’t verified. For help in verification, check out Snopes.com – they can verify almost any “factual” e-mail you receive.
If you must forward a message to someone, delete the many names of other people it has been forwarded to. If you want to send the same letter to lots of people, use the blind copy feature so those who receive your e-mail won’t see the many other names you have sent it to.
Keep junk mail and chain-letter to a minimum by not sending it on.
Don’t assume that you can be anonymous on the Internet. Somebody out there knows how to trace your message back to you. Try not to use all-uppercase letters –IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING.
I recommend two very good books that will help you find your way to having good manners on the Internet. They are “The Core Rules of Netiquette” by Virginia Shea and “Etiquette For Dummies” by Sue Fox.
Thanks to good friend, and excellent teacher, Karen Downs, for encouraging me to write about Cyberspace Etiquette.
By Lois Jamieson