Technology keeps us connected, grants us access to an audience of thousands, and gives us an outlet for all forms of free speech. Twitter, Facebook, and online communities rock! But, all that technology can also be a double-edged sword.
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget that audience of thousands and type whatever fool thing pops into your head. Those fool things? They can often come back to haunt you. For a prime example of how your online behavior can bite you in the butt, refer to my post The Hangover Two Aspirin Won’t Cure.
For freelance writers, who conduct the majority of their business through online channels, it’s doubly important to mind manners online and to be aware of what is acceptable and what isn’t.
It doesn’t help that each mode of communication has it’s own etiquette pitfalls. For example, recently, Freelanceswitch.com ran an article on minding your manners in online communities. Some of the tips (like not discussing money) might surprise you.
The key rule to remember: When in doubt, err on the side of caution and try to leave a good impression.
For more rules on Netiquette, check out Albion.com’s online Netiquette handbook.