Prepared by, Anne Kish
Last updated: January 24, 2014
For LIBM 466: Libraries and Technology
II. Netiquette Terms
III. Common Shorthand
Some rules to keep in mind for your Internet
Be yourself – with your friends.
At work be your professional self.
The amount of effort you put into grammar and
spelling depends on who makes up your audience
and on how you want to present yourself to that
Forgive and Forget
Most work places include someone who fires off
frequent critical emails to the whole work place.
Don’t respond in email to those emails and
definitely don’t be that person – nobody likes that
person. If you do need to respond, talking on the
phone or in person will work best. Avoid the “reply
to all” button.
STOP YELLING AT ME!!!
Using all caps indicates
Be careful about attaching large files when sending
emails. You may fill up the recipients’ inboxes or
you may send something that they can’t open with
the programs on their computers or with limited
bandwidth. Sending attachments is not a bad
thing, but do think about whether or not the
attachments are appropriate for the recipients.
Some terms to know…
Contraction of Internet etiquette, the etiquette guidelines
for posting messages to online services, and particularly
Internet newsgroups. Netiquette covers not only rules to
maintain civility in discussions (i.e., avoiding flames), but
also special guidelines unique to the electronic nature of
forum messages. For example, netiquette advises users to
use simple formats because complex formatting may not
appear correctly for all readers. In most cases, netiquette is
enforced by fellow users who will vociferously object if you
break a rule of netiquette.
(n.) A searing e-mail or newsgroup message in which
the writer attacks another participant in overly
harsh, and often personal, terms.
(v.) To post a flame.
To send a single electronic message or article to
several different newsgroups at the same time.
To read messages in a newsgroup or a chat room or
on a social networking site or a blog without ever
posting or replying yourself.
What are they saying to me??? These are good to
know, but are not usually suitable for professional
BRB = Be right back
LOL = Laughing out loud
TBC = To be continued
IDK = I don’t know
BTW = By the way
Cross-post. (2011). In Macmillan Dictionary. Retrieved from
I Love Netiquette sticker. (2010). Retrieved from
Netlingo. (2014). The list of net acronyms and text message shorthand.
Webopedia. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.webopedia.com/