The Back Fence
For those new to the Internet...
by: Ken Russell
The World Wide Web gets lots of press these days, but the single most popular Internet service
is still e-mail. E-mail (or electronic mail) allows you to type messages on your computer, connect to the Internet, and send the messages to anyone with an Internet e-mail address. While you are connected, you can receive e-mail messages from other people.
Ticking people off using e-mail is easy.
Something about e-mail makes people take offense quickly and forget that they are corresponding with a living, breathing human being with feelings. So here are some words of advice about e-mail etiquette:
- Don't use all capital letters in e-mail. It looks like SHOUTING.
- Avoid sarcasm. In e-mail, it just sounds obnoxious.
- You never know who may decide to forward your message to others. Avoid writing
anything in e-mail that would embarrass you if distributed widely.
- Use specific subjects. Your subject appears in the listing of messages in the
recipient's Inbox. Make it easy for your correspondent to decide what to read first by typing a very short summary of your message.
- If you get a truly offensive message and you are tempted to shoot off a truly offensive response, don't. Take a walk instead and calm down. The person is probably
just having a bad day.
- An angry message is called a flame. Sending angry messages is called flaming, and an exchange of flames is called a flame war.
- Don't get upset at someone for not responding to your e-mail. The Internet eats
e-mail from time to time, so you may want to send a follow-up message asking if your correspondent got the first message.
- Here's another piece of advice: Never pass along chain letters by e-mail they tend to be lengthy and are a waste of valuable online time.
If you keep telling your kids to wash their hands, but that request seems to fall on deaf ears, send them to this fun site. It's part of the American Museum of Natural History and it offers animated fun, activities and games to teach kids about microbes. They'll learn that microbes are everywhere, but that they are mostly harmless. But your kids will also learn about bacteria, infections and the flu, which may give that whole hand-washing thing the
endorsement it needs.
- Pets Welcome
People love their pets, sometimes so much that they can't bear to go on
vacation without taking them. Whether you're planning a road trip or your
Honeymoon, if Fido is coming along for the ride you'll need to find
pet-friendly place to stay.
PetsWelcome.com should be every animal lover's first step in planning his
or her holiday vacation. The site lists thousands of hotels, motels,
beaches, campgrounds, and ski resorts that accommodate our furry
friends. There is also helpful information on air travel and international
laws regarding pets.
- Lunar Embassy - Extraterrestrial Real Estate
Welcome to the Lunar Embassy, the first and only company in the world that
is legally licensed to sell 'extraterrestrial real estate'. The site,
despite its sense of humor, is quite legitimate, has thousands of
'landowners', and has been recognized by television and Internet media
Visitors will learn about the legal nature of their purchase, the company's
immediate plans for lunar development, and will be given the opportunity to
purchase acres of land on the Moon, Venus, Mars, and IO, one of Jupiter's
many moons. If all that doesn't convince you, then the prices will (One
lunar acre goes for about $15.99 US).
Ken Russell - Publisher
The Back Fence
Guelph, Ontario, CANADA