Everything you need to know about Internet etiquette
but were too intimidated by a geek with a pocket protector to ask.
"They tell you how smart they are, and you believe them because you can't understand a word they say.
Then they tell you how dumb you are, and you believe them, because you know how smart they are.
Now I tell you how smart you are, and you don't believe me because they've got you believing that you are as dumb as they say you are.
Why don't I show you how smart you really are?"
Right Off the Bat . . .
The Internet is NOT Rocket
OOPS, I guess it really is.....or Was!
Well, not any more anyway. Today, anybody with a credit card (or the ability to crack one) or a free Internet Service Provider (ISP) can either impress or aggravate millions of innocent people with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks.
No Wimps Allowed
The first thing that you must NOT do with the Internet, is be afraid of it. People have been making this sound complicated for years, and it used to be. It still is if you want a job as an Internet Consultant, Web Developer or other "techie" type.
If, however, all you want to do is use computers and the Net as the tools that they should be, PLEASE, don't get wrapped up in the bits, bytes and techno-babble.
You don't have to know how to rebuild a transmission to drive your car. It does help if you know a few things; check the oil, change a tire and maybe jump-start the engine. The days when you had to be a mechanic to drive are over. The days when you had to have a pocket protector full of little screwdrivers and brightly colored pencils in order to compute are also over. Today, you just jump in, hang on, and enjoy the ride.
Sure, today's Internet Access Devices are still computers, with all of their complexities and technical mumbo-jumbo.
That computer, however, is now hidden deeply beneath a User Interface (Control Panel) that is clean, simple and extremely easy to use.
Some say that a person just starting to use some of the newest devices is probably better off having no computer experience at all, otherwise, they try to make it too complicated.
For the most part, we no longer need a Nine-year old around to show us how to program the Video Recorder. So trust me when I say you will learn to use the tools.
BTW (By the way) All the acronyms and techno-babble that confuse you today, will eventually become miraculously clear. Of course, they will have been replaced by a new set of confusing "stuff."
Get yourself a "Net Buddy." Surely you don't think that you are the only one that's learning this stuff?
Find someone at your own skill level, and try things with them. Set up a chat session play with E-Mail attachments, the Internet Phone, and experiment with other stuff before you inflict it on an unsuspecting Net. Set up a Skype account and learn together.
A cartoon has been circulating around the Net since well before the Web. It shows a dog, sitting at the keyboard of a computer, and captioned, "On the Internet, No One Knows You're a Dog!".
The joy of that is -- it's true!
Until you post a public message or participate in some sort of social chat, discussion or conference, or comment on something someone else has published, no one knows and no one cares.
Important note: It is not how you get to the Net, what you use to get there, or what you get from the Net, it's what you leave behind will live forever.
There are a few core rules that will help you get off to a good start as a new net citizen.
In a nutshell, and in no particular order...
Social Networks, Blogs, Bulletin Boards, Forums, News Groups, etc.
T. Stephen Eggleston, DmAt, MSI
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Effective use of the Internet is not really difficult, it merely requires practice, a bit of common sense, and the ability to learn from other people's mistakes.
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One flame often leads to another and a verbal war of epithets, insults and slams [Flame War] erupts.
If you are flamed (and you will be) please put on your Asbestos Suit and resist the temptation to participate.