The Skypiquette doesn’t really exist yet. (Indicated also by the fact that the word turns up nothing in Google.) So let’s create it. As etiquette describes how to behave in daily real-life social situations and netiquette does the same on the Internet/web, we can say that Skypiquette is a shared set of rules that make your and others’ life and communications on Skype easier.
Here are some rules we’ve found useful ourselves.
]]>### Modify the default authorization text
When adding someone to your contact list, change the default text that is displayed to the remote party when your authorization request is passed. The default is “Please allow me to see when you are online”. Which is nice (it says “please”), but not horribly informative. When you are adding someone to your contacts for business reasons, e.g if you or him/her just started in the company, state who you are and why you think adding that person is relevant. When you’re a friend or relative, state that too.
Fill your profile! It’s a nice way of showing respect to those you talk to. Let others know of your name and maybe add a few informative or fun bits in the About text.
There’s a catch though. Everything in your profile except the picture and e-mail is public information. (The picture is shown to authorized contacts.) So if you’re using Skype for work, it might not be the best idea to put all the details about your department or work in your profile, as it is searchable and indexable in the Skype Global User Directory and anyone can see it.
### Identifying the other party’s status a.k.a “chat first, call after”
Various bloggers have over the past months commented on how Skype can improve upon the already great system we have for presence management. Like the recent anecdotal example of [identifying whether someone is in a call if he has a headset on](http://www.telepocalypse.net/archives/000744.html).
There is certainly always room for improvement, but the current tools provide you already a reasonably wide set of options. The most common thing is to agree using text chat whether it’s a good time to call, before doing the actual call.
### Sensible security behaviour
We have a [security guide](http://www.skype.com/help/guides/staysecure.html) that sums up security practices that are wise to follow on Skype. Here are the core bullets that keep you reasonably safe if you take care yourself.
* Avoid scammers
* Keep your password safe
* Set privacy options
* Keep your payment data safe
* Secure your computer
* Be conscious about your communications
Any other Skypiquette practices you or others are using?