What is Netiquette?
The word Netiquette is a combined form of the words Internet and etiquette. Netiquette is a set of rules or guidelines for appropriate behavior while using the internet. Over time people have discovered that a general set of rules was necessary because of how easy it is to be misunderstood when interacting with others online. Basically, people didn't understand what kind of manners they should have when interacting on the Web and it caused a lot of problems.
Why is Netiquette Important?
It is important to treat others with respect no matter where you are - in "real" life or on the Web. Behavior on the Internet is a little different than in real life. When communicating on the internet, the audience often cannot see your body language or hear the tone of your voice. A sarcastic, joking comment that might be taken lightly in real life, could be taken as offensive or threatening on the Internet. Following the guidelines of proper Netiquette will help you send the right message, the right way.
How can you show proper Netiquette?
Showing respect to others on the Web can be very easy if you follow a few simple guidelines.