Recently a site visitor emailed asking why I felt the “need” to invent Netiquette (giving me way too much credit). Who was I to tell anyone what to do?
I’m not “telling anyone what to do.” I am relaying suggestions on how to use technology properly while integrating a bit of courtesy along the way. I really fail to see what is wrong with that.
Long time readers know I get these type of emails on a regular basis. Usually from those who find no need for “using technology with knowledge, understanding and courtesy.”
Intel Did it — in 1995
While I would love to take credit for such a wise idea, I am only one of many. Over the decades, there have been many who have added, morphed and updated the original concept of Netiquette.
Thanks to Intel being the first to recognize the need for guidelines for this new technology way back in 1995. Coincidentally, the year I opened my online business consulting business.
Netiquette and Email Etiquette have been a topic that many have carried the torch for. Forerunners who recognized that technology was becoming such an important part of our lives. For that reason they recognized how a set of guidelines just made sense.
Network Etiquette = Netiquette
In 1995 an Intel employee took the initiative to put together an RFC document. RFC stands for Request For Comment. More or less a living document that others can contribute to and help to create. The RFC on Netiquette, RFC1855, is still online for your review.
It begins with…
This document provides a minimum set of guidelines for Network Etiquette (Netiquette) which organizations may take and adapt for their own use. As such, it is deliberately written in a bulleted format to make adaptation easier and to make any particular item easy (or easier) to find. It also functions as a minimum set of guidelines for individuals, both users and administrators…RFC1855
After paging down, you’ll see 28 resources that were available at the time that contributed to this document. So in essence, the online community at that time invented Netiquette. Not one person trying to tell you to do.
Guidelines are Malleable
Netiquette, just as with any guideline is just that — a guide. No, you won’t land in the pokey if you don’t embrace Netiquette and Email Etiquette principles. But if you do, you’ll have a more productive and enjoyable time online.
The only thing that will suffer if you minimize these issues will be your success and how you are perceived. Not making any effort to integrate Netiquette in your day-to-day email activities will say more about you than you may know.
So don’t ask why would anyone invent Netiquette. The better question is to ask yourself is if you prefer to leave a positive impression.