The Internet is great. It is the most expansive and pervasive meeting space ever created; a place where minds from across generational and geographic lines can communicate and share ideas. It has the potential to bring us together in ways that allow us to think deeply and work together more creatively. Or it can basically be like a high tech bathroom stall.
Have you ever regretted something you said online? If you are like most of us the answer is yes. While the internet is a powerful tool to bring people together it can also tear us apart. Much of the disconnect between connection and outhouse humor centers on how we react and comment on the content we discover online. What we write in the comment line has the power to move discussion forward or halt it in its tracks. For the sake of your sanity and our evolution as a species here are five filter questions to consider before you post something online.