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6 Unwritten Rules Of The Internet

June 29, 2017 • Lists, Online & Social, Top Stories

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Rules you should follow when using the Internet.

In today’s world where millions are linked to the Internet allowing them to connect and interact with other from all over the world has raised the question of online etiquette. With calls from all over the world for access to the Internet to become a basic human right, the usage and responsibility of how people use the internet will fall on themselves.

This has seen people become increasingly conscious of their online conduct as they look to avoid any harmful situation. A set of unwritten rules are starting to become normal practice.

There are in fact unwritten rules guiding internet usage that you probably didn’t know about. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 6 unwritten internet rules to know.

Rule 1: If I’m Not In Your Picture, Don’t Tag Me
Too many internet users disregard this rule to the ire of those who have to deal with being tagged on pictures they have no idea about or are completely uninterested in. If you think about it, it’s really unfair to carelessly tag people in pictures. If you’re absolutely eager for the person to see a picture, simply mention the person in the comments. The ‘@’ feature was created to serve this very purpose.

Rule 2: Don’t Argue With Trolls
It’s a waste of time and it’s much like arguing with a brick wall – useless and frustrating. Just ignore them and move on. Let them have their 1 or 2 minutes of fame and be forgotten like the irrelevant features of the internet that they are.

Rule 3: Anything You Write Can and Will Be Used Against You or Turned Into Something Else
The second part is very likely, especially on social media. Your words are very likely going to be misunderstood by one or two people and turned around into something entirely different from what you could have even fathomed. You just have to keep that in mind and try to prepare for it when you post words on social media. In addition, avoid writing carelessly on social media about people or organizations. Write what you mean and mean what you write because the internet is a public place and anyone can call you out on your BS. Be wise.

Rule 4: No Real Limits Apply Here
On the internet, people can say anything about anyone in anyway. Some people go as far as commenting on very uncomfortable and awkward aspects of their lives and the lives of others. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone comes out with an ‘nkan be’ tale of their experience in this world, and then you start to hear stories of how a person was romanced by a goat into sexual intimacy. There are absolutely no limits here, so prepare yourself. Get ready to see any and everything.

Rule 5: If You Lose a Social Media Debate, Just Take the L
It’s as simple as that. Be mature about it and respectfully entertain the other person’s winning argument. Don’t get mad or feel humiliated. That’s just unnecessary. No one knows everything, so just accept it as a lesson that you can actually learn from. Cursing the person or blocking the person for winning an argument  is inappropriate and just makes you look silly.

Rule 6: If a Person Posts Something Sad About Themselves on Their Timeline, Don’t Hit Like It
Imagine posting about a losing a job, a beloved relative or a significant other, and a person hits like on the post. It seems like the person is relishing the misery of the other person. Please be wise and don’t like posts carelessly. Comment where you should and if you have nothing to say, just move on.

Staff Writer


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