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July 19, 2016

N-etiquette: Mind Your Cyberspace Manners

Yolande Conradie

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What: #MTtalk

Where: Twitter

When: Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 1pm EST (6pm BST)

Topic: N-etiquette: Minding Your Cyberspace Manners

Host: @MindTools

About This Week's Chat

My neighbor's nine-year-old daughter thought we were talking nonsense when we told her that, not too long ago, telephones were only used to talk. She was even more disbelieving when she heard we didn't carry our phones with us back then. "But how did you go on Facebook?" she wanted to know. Our explanations of a world without Facebook didn't sound very credible to her.

A little over 10 years ago, social media was just a rising trend. Although many people created accounts, it wasn't until much later that they started using them actively. Today we can hardly imagine life without being able to Skype a colleague, Whatsapp a client, post tweets about leadership, share family pictures on Facebook, or post island holiday selfies on Instagram.

The word "social" in social media tells us it's about people coming together and interacting with one another. Wherever there is a gathering of people, we expect them to follow certain rules and live up to the norms of "good behavior." But, as with any other social gathering, it's inevitable that some people who join the crowd won't bother to mind their manners.

Our #MTtalk this Friday is about "N-etiquette: Minding Your Cyberspace Manners." In this virtual reality where the boundaries between friends and strangers are blurred, where you're connected to the whole world every minute of the day, and where you can hide behind anonymity, how do mind your manners?

We’re eager to hear what bugs you about netiquette (or the lack thereof). We'd also like to hear some of your tips for improving online etiquette. Here are some questions to get you thinking:

  • What would make you block someone or delete them from your contacts list?
  • What are your top tips regarding proper email etiquette?
  • Who sets the etiquette rules online?
  • What are your best-practice tips for social media?


We've compiled a list of resources to help you to prepare for Friday's chat. While having a look at these, you may also see what you're doing well and where you may need to change your approach.

Our belief at Mind Tools is that we can all learn from one another. We'd be very happy if you can participate in our #MTtalk chat this Friday at 1pm EST (6pm BST). We look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and experiences, and, remember that we feature great responses from participants right here on our blog every week!

How to Join

Follow us on Twitter to make sure that you don't miss out on any of the action this Friday! We'll be tweeting out 10 questions during our hour-long chat, and you can join in by using the hash tag #MTtalk in your responses.


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2 comments on “N-etiquette: Mind Your Cyberspace Manners”

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Thanks for asking about this twitter chat, #MTtalk on Netiquette. We use #Storify to highlight some of the comments from the chat which can be found here:

      Hope you can join us on twitter for future chats every 2nd Friday; our next chat is 11 November at 13h00 EST. Just search on twitter for #MTtalk and watch the feed as we post questions and participants offer their thoughts. We have a lively community and I always learn something new!

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