What Makes Up the Name: net + etiquette

Please don't twant on Twitter, show some nettiquette. See? See how I used that in a sentence? Doesn't it make you want to slap my face through the computer? I told you these things can be dangerous, but the idea behind this one is sound. When people stop looking at each other and interacting in person, and instead send out thoughtless digital grenades of information we have a tendency to miss a lot of the social cues that engender a little pathos. In short, it's easy to be a dick online so you should try to think before you forward me that awesome list of racist jokes, uncle Brian. Dick.

Origin: Netiquette was born out of online message boards in the early 1990s and first used in the New York Times in 1992 in an article by William Grimes.