Digital Etiquette Netiquette

Harvey Barrett


The social and moral guidelines to network communication. As digital citizens we share a responsibility in maintaining a positive learning atmosphere for our Digital Learning Community.

Do`s for Digital Citizens

  • Add personality and humor to your messages, use smileys, known as emoticons, expressions you create using the characters on your keyboard because when you talk with someone, the tone and inflections of your voice convey great meaning.

  • Keep your written communications focused because few people like reading lengthy text on a computer screen.

  • Use common abbreviations to shorten messages.

  • If you want to advertise create a Facebook page and invite your friends to join because using your personal Facebook account to market a book, software, or any other product is frowned upon.
  • Learning Twitter's slang and tags is recommended. The more you understand how to properly use them, the less you'll embarrass yourself.
  • Don't follow everyone that follows you. Review the profile of the person before you decide.
  • Use direct messages although using "@" is recommended but holding a lengthy conversation using the tag is not acceptable.

Don`ts for Digital Citizens

  • Avoid writing e-mail or posting messages in blogs, newsgroups, forums, chat rooms and other online venues using all capital letters. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING and is often difficult to read.
  • Do not post inappropriate comments because you never know who's reading it or who may copy and spread it around. It could come back to haunt you.
  • Accepting every friend request isn't necessary because some people are selective about who they want viewing their personal information.
  • Do not repeatedly request to have your information retweeted because if your followers find your content interesting and relevant, they will retweet it.