interferes with our ability to vigorously discuss
business networking, I'm happy to recommend to My
Linkedin Power Forum members the following set of
netiquette principles famously championed by Virginia
Shea. If you have time, you can read them in detail
THE CORE RULES OF NETIQUETTE
Excerpted from the book "Netiquette" by Virginia Shea.
* Rule 1: Remember the Human
* Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior
online that you follow in real life
* Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
* Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
* Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
* Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
* Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
* Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
* Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
* Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
Whether or not you visit the site to read them in
detail and whether or not some of them need to be more
freshly stated/restated, I think that at the core,
these are powerful behavioral concepts for MLPF
members to consider using here.
And because I think our adherence to them could help
us to lay solid ground work so that our behavior
doesn't interfere with our discussing ways to improve
our earnings ability through networking via Linkedin,
I encourage discussion about them here on MLPF.
My Linkedin Power Forum
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13 Aug 2005
PS: For those of you in a really big hurry, here's
what Virginia Shea says about "Rule 1: Remember the
"The golden rule your parents and your kindergarten
teacher taught you was pretty simple: Do unto others
as you'd have others do unto you. Imagine how you'd
feel if you were in the other person's shoes. Stand up
for yourself, but try not to hurt people's feelings.
In cyberspace, we state this in an even more basic
manner: Remember the human.
When you communicate electronically, all you see is a
computer screen. You don't have the opportunity to use
facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice to
communicate your meaning; words -- lonely written
words -- are all you've got. And that goes for your
correspondent as well.
When you're holding a conversation online -- whether
it's an email exchange or a response to a discussion
group posting -- it's easy to misinterpret your
correspondent's meaning. And it's frighteningly easy
to forget that your correspondent is a person with
feelings more or less like your own.
It's ironic, really. Computer networks bring people
together who'd otherwise never meet. But the
impersonality of the medium changes that meeting to
something less -- well, less personal. Humans
exchanging email often behave the way some people
behind the wheel of a car do: They curse at other
drivers, make obscene gestures, and generally behave
like savages. Most of them would never act that way at
work or at home. But the interposition of the machine
seems to make it acceptable.
The message of Netiquette is that it's not acceptable.
Yes, use your network connections to express yourself
freely, explore strange new worlds, and boldly go
where you've never gone before. But remember the Prime
Directive of Netiquette: Those are real people out
Would you say it to the person's face?
Writer and Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki tells a
story about getting email from some fellow he's never
met. Online, this fellow tells Guy that he's a bad
writer with nothing interesting to say.
Unbelievably rude? Yes, but unfortunately, it happens
all the time in cyberspace.
Maybe it's the awesome power of being able to send
mail directly to a well-known writer like Guy. Maybe
it's the fact that you can't see his face crumple in
misery as he reads your cruel words. Whatever the
reason, it's incredibly common.
Guy proposes a useful test for anything you're about
to post or mail: Ask yourself, "Would I say this to
the person's face?" If the answer is no, rewrite and
reread. Repeat the process till you feel sure that
you'd feel as comfortable saying these words to the
live person as you do sending them through cyberspace.
Of course, it's possible that you'd feel great about
saying something extremely rude to the person's face.
In that case, Netiquette can't help you. Go get a copy
of Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct
Another reason not to be offensive online
When you communicate through cyberspace -- via email
or on discussion groups -- your words are written. And
chances are they're stored somewhere where you have no
control over them. In other words, there's a good
chance they can come back to haunt you.
Never forget the story of famous email user Oliver
North. Ollie, you'll remember, was a great devotee of
the White House email system, PROFS. He diligently
deleted all incriminating notes he sent or received.
What he didn't realize was that, somewhere else in the
White House, computer room staff were equally
diligently backing up the mainframe where his messages
were stored. When he went on trial, all those handy
backup tapes were readily available as evidence
You don't have to be engaged in criminal activity to
want to be careful. Any message you send could be
saved or forwarded by its recipient. You have no
control over where it goes."
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