Billions of people are taking to the social web. More important than ever before is minding your Ps & Qs online to do your best to not offend someone unintentionally. Figuring out what to say and when to say it can be tricky. We connected with netiquette expert Julie Spira for these quick etiquette tips:
Steer clear of the 'drive-by tagging syndrome'. Do NOT tag somebody in a photo where they are unflattering or in a photo or video where they don't appear.
Never write an email when you're angry, upset or late at night when you're tired.
You might send it to the wrong person or you may regret it in the morning. Send it to yourself if you're upset and read it the next day. You may want to tone it down because you can't take it back and it can be forwarded to just about anybody.
For more netiquette advice, check out Spira's guide The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web -- out Spring 2012.
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The Perils of Cyber-Dating
- Safer Internet Day: Discover the Digital World Safely
- How Digital Media Has Dramatically Changed the Way We Learn
About the author:
Cyber Dating and Netiquette Expert Julie Spira answers all your online questions from Internet safety and etiquette to cyber relationships. Visit Julie's website for more advice.