Nobody uses this word except Korean.
This word is a variant on citizen. A person who interacts with others on the internet. In effect, anyone who uses the internet becomes a netizen.
As netizens, we have a responsibility to ensure that social customs are adhered to.
Citizen of an internet community
Such a noble, loyal netizen certainly deserves applause.
As defined by Michael Hauben, author of the book, Netizens:
"...people who care about Usenet
and the bigger Net
and work towards building the cooperative and collective nature which benefits the larger world."
"...people who work towards developing the Net
You are a Netizen if you contribute to the online community in a positive fashion, allowing the community to grow.
Tom is the epitomy of a Netizen, he spends all his free time in those tech support forums answering people's questions about computers.
Just as a "citizen
" is a member of a country, a "netizen" is a member of the internet
. However, this term is overhyped
and inaccurate Web 2.0 self-love
for the following reasons:
- Citizens have legal rights
regarding free expression
and protection against illegal harassment
. Netizens do not.
- Citizens have legal responsibilities to their country including refraining from illegal harassment and discrimination. Netizens do not.
- Citizens are defined by their country, thus tied to a geographical location and forced to face the consequences of their opinions
in that country. Netizens are not.
- Citizens are personally identifiable. Netizens are not.
This week, the blogosphere
has been buzzing
, with netizens giving their opinions on today's hot and pressing topic: Does Justin Bieber
? Netizen 'bieberfever4evaa11' said: 'JUSTIN BEIBER(sic) IS CLERLY(sic) NOT WELL, LEAVE JUSTIN BEABER(sic) ALONE!!' He - or she - later added: 'THESE ARE REAL TEARS I'M CRYING'
an active participant in communal online activities
I was invited to chat with other gamers by a netizen but decline due to lack of definite time.