National Punctuation Day – How Are Your Netiquette Rules?

National Netiquette DayEvery year on September 24th, it’s National Punctuation Day.

This year, The New Yorker magazine is holding a Twitter contest and is asking you to determine which punctuation mark should become the mark of the President of the United States.

Do you know where to place your commas, apostrophes and quotation marks? Should you italicize a word or surround them in quotes?

All of these issues plague even the best of writers and bloggers and can make a difference in whether your messages will be taken seriously or not.

In my book, The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web, we talk about the use and overuse of acronyms and emoticons in business correspondence that can actually harm your chances of getting a job or developing a relationship with a perspective business contact.

Relying on auto-fill and spell-check can backfire as a computer software program doesn’t always know the context of your sentence.

Just how much is too much? I always say, “When in doubt, don’t.”

Remember to use spell-check and grammar check, but don’t correct someone’s spelling or grammar in public unless they’ve asked for a critique.

Do you have a punctuation pet peeve? Your comments are welcome.

Julie Spira is a netiquette and cyber-relations expert and author of The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web. For a free list of 200 acronyms that will redefine your vocabulary, visit and Follow @netiquetterules on Twitter.

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