Each week I get literally hundreds of e-mails from concerned Netizens about how to handle those they care about (or those who simply don’t care) in regard to issues involving E-mail Etiquette and proper technology use. What has become clear in my decade long journey of championing this topic is that most folks don’t know what is right, what the guidelines are or how they are being perceived by virtue of how they choose to use e-mail.
Online, just as in the off-line world, is not an “anything goes” environment and there are repercussions based on your actions, the words you choose and how you use technology. I’ve launched a new project to help get the word out about proper technology use and E-mail Etiquette specifically.
It’s called Take The E-mail Etiquette Pledge! The concept is simple. Everyone posts the Pledge’s logo on their sites and Blogs and links back to the Pledge site. Visitors Take the Pledge to use technology as a way to learn, grow and thrive; not as an excuse to be lazy or not use the education we received in grade school.
Together, we use the viral nature of the Web to work together to get the word out about this very important topic. Are you up to the challenge?