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plenary Netiquette Essentials + American Planning Association + National Association of EMS Physicians
› Understand that each social network has its own rules of
conduct, social norms, and methods of interaction.
› Assume that everything you post online can be seen
by others, as even major social networks have su;ered
› Do not share information that online friends have shared
with you in confidence, e.g., quoting someone’s private
tweet to you.
› Log out of all your social networks when finished using
them, and when you are using a computer or mobile
device that isn’t yours.
› Realize that everything posted online lives on the internet
permanently, and may be available for public viewing.
› Never forget: Despite their seeming intimacy, social
networks are among the most public of spaces — it’s
important to conduct yourself on them as you would in
any shared setting.
› You reserve the exclusive right, and it is wholly
appropriate, to decline friend requests from strangers.
› Privacy and personal comfort are paramount: At no point
should you feel compelled to respond to messages or
queries from people you don’t know.
› Before posting on others’ profiles or walls, or tagging them
in your own posts, consider how your actions and/or
statements may be perceived, and if they may potentially
cast friends in a negative light and/or embarrass them.
› Use privacy settings to limit who can view your posts
› When asking someone you don’t know to be your friend,
send a short message explaining who you are and why
you’re attempting to contact them.;.
For more information:
Excerpted from Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in a Digital World, by
Scott Steinberg with Damon Brown. Published by Overload Entertainment. © 2016;2017.
PRO BL E M Social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and LinkedIn give you more ways than ever to
express yourself. How do you know what to share and what to
keep to yourself — especially when it comes to maintaining a
professional online presence?
S O LU TI O N In Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding
Your Manners in a Digital World, futurist Scott Steinberg
o;ers a framework for “equipping contemporary high-tech
users with the tools and training they need to not only be
courteous and respectful of others, but also responsible digital citizens” — including tips for being a responsible social-media user: