Netiquette: Internet Etiquette in the Age of the Blog

The first thing that struck me when reading this book was to work out who the author was targetting whilst writing it. It was certainly not the regular internet user, like myself, who would find a lot of the stuff mentioned to be obvious, particularly if one is regularly used to the internet community. Nor is it really for the new user, on their first computer, as it contains a lot of things which are probably overly wordy and complicated. So we're left in the uncomfortable middle ground, teaching the inexperienced, yet being a reference aid to the more experienced user. The book contains a lot of the obvious, too much, in my opinion, though others may find the use of basic manners somewhat informative.

The basic structure of the book is list of 157 "rules" of netiquette, on various topics ranging from emails to blogs to instant messaging. The style is also not that friendly, being more that of a scientific volume (with references!) than a book, also featuring shaded boxes containing supplementary information.

So to the question: would I recommend this book? To most internet users I know, I'd say no: much of it is obvious, and that which isn't probably isn't useful. To those people who come onto IRC and personal message everyone in channel with "a/s/l pls" and then vanish, it might be of use...if only to hit them on the head with.

All-in-all, I'd say positive things about it, but at £12.95, I'd say it was overpriced.

Score: 5 out of 10

Richard Hornby


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