FAQ: The Concise Guide to Online Etiquette (Part One)

One of the most common pieces of feedback I have gotten about my book, The Concise Guide to Online Etiquette, is the fact that most people wish they knew the information therein sooner.

  1. They wished they knew it was okay to not overshare.
  2. They wished they knew not being savage does not equate to being uncool.
  3. They now know they need to verify (fact check) any information they are sharing and or promoting on their platforms.
  4. Etcetera.

When reflecting on how I got to where I am now- living as a passionate advocate for digital wellness- helping people build balance between their offline and online lives; there is a lot that I wish that I had done earlier too.

  1. Leave healthier digital footprints.
  2. Make friends intentionally.
  3. Build consistency with my digital interactions. (Yes, these three.)

While it is not unhealthy to reminisce on how things could have happened differently, it is healthier to use your newfound insights to make better decisions. This is so that you are not the proverbial person who when he looks in the mirror and sees a stain on his face, still goes out like that nonetheless.

From time to time, I get feedback from amazing people like you, both on how my letters are a blessing to read, and occasionally on how I was grammatically wrong with my expressions.

On my part, you must have noticed that I make few, if any, mistakes now. On your part, I hope that you are learning and applying the principles shared.

So in my next set of emails to you, I will be answering questions put together by a media friend of mine around the book themes.

Q1. What is online Etiquette?

Online Etiquette or Netiquette according to the Digital Wellness Institute, are rules of etiquette that apply to online communication. They’re the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users. ”This is simply to say that online etiquette is the appropriate way to communicate on the internet that protects both our wellbeing and that of those in interactions with us.

This is important because how we are meant to behave is often guided by the conversations we are having, the platforms we are on, and the people that we are in interactions with. Certainly, how we emote with friends and family would be different from how we behave in a professional work-related setting.

For example, while in informal settings we can use a lot of emoticons to portray our messages; however, in informal settings, we might want to use less and dedicate more time to the clarity of words, such that, they capture the tone we intend with the messaging.

If you have not gotten your copy of my book, you can do so here on Amazon | Selar.

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