Netiquette is a portmanteau of the words ‘net’ and ‘etiquette’. It is the etiquette that people need to follow on the internet – including social media, online forums, online classes, etc.
The concept of the word netiquette might also have been derived from the concept of an internet netizen – someone who spends an awful lot of time on the internet either for themselves or for socially responsible internet activities.
There is some basic etiquette that people need to follow when using the internet, some of which are given below:
- People have to start recognising that the internet is an extension of society. It is not a place where everything and anything goes, but just a new way of interacting with people.
- Apply the same standards that you would apply to a regular conversation on the internet as well.
- Even though it has the term net invariably attached to it, netiquette extends beyond just social media – what happens on the internet has a real life consequence on the outside world.
- Companies also need to step up their game and be transparent with their working on the Internet. A lot of companies take very sensitive information about a person and a lot of people are not ok with the decisions they make regarding it. So companies are supposed to inform the user when where and how the information the companies have collected will be used.