Use the power of the Internet to connect with people
and bring them to your listings on Ingenio! With great Internet communication
tools like chat rooms, forums, message boards and newsgroups on any subject
imaginable, you can tap into a whole new pool of potential customers.
What is a chat room?
A chat room is a place where two or more people can
have a typed conversation in real time. In a chat room, the messages you
and other people type are shown instantly to everyone else in the
What is a forum?
A forum, or message board, is a static area where particular
topics are discussed. You or other members enter a typed message and submit
it to the message board for everyone to read, and others can reply to
What is USENET?
USENET is a decentralized, worldwide network of newsgroups
(also called forums or message boards) on over tens of thousands of different
topics. Not all USENET machines are on the Internet. Newsgroups are
names with a series of words and periods. For example, rec.pets.dogs.breeds
is a place where people discuss every breed of dog from pit bulls to Chihuahuas
(the "rec" is short for "recreation").
What is Netiquette?
Netiquette is short for "network etiquette."
Since many people communicate through the Internet, there is a set of
guidelines that explain proper behavior when emailing, chatting, posting
or replying to articles. Netiquette means much more than just being polite
- it can help you avoid misunderstandings and get your message across
without offending anyone in the process.
Following are a few basic rules of Netiquette:
No insulting, degrading or racist remarks.
Keep your communications in newsgroups or a mailing
list to the point; some people pay for Internet access by the hour.
Be wary of the newsgroup's rules on posting ads -- some
welcome them, some hate them. If you post an ad to a newsgroup, or
send it in an email, clearly identify it in the subject line. That
way people who aren't interested can delete it.
Remember that anything you post to a newsgroup or type
during a chat session is a public comment. You never know who's reading
it, or who may copy it and spread it around.
Don't ask commonly-asked questions in a newsgroup, or
questions that aren't related to the mailing list.
- Avoid writing email messages or posting in newsgroups
using all caps. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING!
What should I tell potential customers?
What services you offer on Ingenio, and how it relates
to them (the message board topic, etc.)
Your Ingenio home page address. If you don't know what
it is, sign in and go to My Account. Look for a link to your home page
It's FREE to join Ingenio, and the first 3 minutes of their
first Ingenio with you will be FREE!