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  • Title: Netiquette
  • Author: Virginia Shea
  • Retail Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 0-9637025-1-3
  • Pub. Date: May 1994
  • Length: 160 pages
  • Trim Size: 6" X 9"
  • This is an Internet classic!
  • Featured on CNN, PBS, and the BBC!!
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What Reviewers Are Saying ...

"Shea's core rules of netiquette ought to be studied by everyone who pokes a mental tentacle into cyberspace."
--Howard Rheingold, San Francisco Examiner
"I can't imagine how much trouble and how many mumbled apologies would be averted if everyone read this book before posting that first message..."
-- Kevin Savetz, the Unofficial Internet Book List
"A lot of the information in Netiquette is very basic, but exactly the sort of stuff anyone who just got their first Internet account needs. Better to read Shea's appropriately breezy admonitions than to be flamed mercilessly by someone you've never met in front of several thousand others."
-- Elizabeth Weise, Associated Press columnist, "On the Net"

Special Features

The first book of network etiquette, including authoritative essays on

  • "Business Netiquette"
  • "The Elements of Electronic Style"
  • "The Art of the Flame"
  • "Love & Sex in Cyberspace"

Useful for every net user, from "newbie" to guru

Book Info

Cyberspace is booming. Each month, millions of people are discovering the power of the Internet, online services, and corporate email systems. With this power comes responsibility.

People who wouldn't dream of burping at the end of dinner post offensive messages to international forums. Middle managers inadvertently send romantic email messages to the company-wide email alias. People at computer terminals forget that there are real live people on the other end of the wire. Topics are lost in noise, feelings are hurt, reputations are damaged, time and bandwidth are wasted.

There's no longer an excuse. This book brings etiquette to the bustling frontiers of cyberspace. In a series of entertaining essays, the author establishes the do's and the don'ts of communicating online, from the Golden Rule to the art of the flame, from the elements of electronic style to virtual romance. Accessible to both network wizard and clueless newbie, this is the first book to offer the guidance that all users need to be perfectly polite online.

About the Author

Dubbed the "network manners guru" by the San Jose Mercury News, Virginia Shea has been a student of human nature all her life. She attended Princeton University and has worked in Silicon Valley since the mid-1980s. She now lives in Sunnyvale, California, with her husband and their four cats. She can be found prowling on the USENET newsgroup rec.pets.cats, on America Online (vshea), and at the Internet address

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