I’ve been online a long time. At least *cough* 12 years. Back in the early days “netiquitte” was taken really seriously.
The basic rules include:
- YOU DON’T SHOUT,
- You don’t quote slabs of text,
- And my favourite, you check, and correct your spelling and grammar.
I always took the approach that online you are judged by your written word, in the same way that offline you’re judged by your appearance. Would you wear crumpled, dirty clothes and unpolished shoes when meeting with a potential client? I suspect not. So why write an email with no capitalisation, no punctuation and definitely no spell checking?
Now I don’t mean to be uptight, and I do appreciate that online communication is far less formal that the old written letter (thank heaven’s), but in my opinion if you can’t add an apostrophe to a word, or end a sentence with a full stop, I’ll suspect you don’t polish your shoes either. ;)
Keep in mind a few minutes making sure your written words are “polished” could be the difference between a sale or no sale.