Lately I’ve been thinking about a little something that falls by the wayside in our noisy, crowded digital space: etiquette.
Now I’m not talking about the kind of etiquette you might have learned when you were younger, like preparing for “how to eat at a state dinner,” with all the forks and spoons and how to cut your food and then how to eat it (my goodness; I was horrible at it!).
No, this kind of online etiquette—or as we digital entrepreneurs call it, netiquette—is sooo much easier to learn, and as a business owner it helps to be aware of the basic rules to follow so you don’t find yourself in hot water with your colleagues or your customers.
In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV I’m going to give you some great tips on netiquette and show you:
- The right way to source your content (aka “How to avoid a Cease & Desist email in your inbox tomorrow”)
- How to keep your Facebook group growing, through simple politeness
- A major faux pas you *must* avoid when looking for new team members
- Why “repurposing” content is a HUGE offense
Ready to learn more? Join me for today’s tutorial in the fine art of netiquette.
Do I believe all netiquette rule breakers are just plain old mean-spirited people? Of course not!
It’s easy to make less-than-awesome assumptions and take bad advice as you get your business going. I realize that when people are starting up they don’t always understand that what they are doing just isn’t right or is maybe even illegal.
But out of respect for every single entrepreneur out there, it really should stop.
Imagine working so hard to launch anything, only to have someone straight up copy you. It sucks. And, on top of that, when you choose to be a copycat you are hiding your unique genius from the world and that’s something you ought to be celebrating and sharing.
Okay, end of rant. Now, I want to hear from you. Do you have anything to add? Has this happened to you and you’d just like to rant a little too? Add your voice to the comments below.
Today’s actionable goes beyond just an immediate “ask.” I say to you, wonderful people: if you see someone clearly breaking copyright laws and blatantly not crediting creators, don’t just click away.
I encourage you to speak out, as gently as you want, when you see something that you know isn’t right.
By doing this you’re standing up for the creative process and honoring the unique talents that each of us contributes to this amazing community of digital entrepreneurs.