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Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting Anonymous Comments Online Four reminders that entrepreneurs have a responsibility to own their words in the digital age.

By Erika Napoletano Edited by Dan Bova

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"We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility." --Judith Martin

In last month's column, I offered the reasons why I don't allow anonymous comments on my blog. The quote above from the modern-day Miss Manners offers some additional food for thought on anonymity in the digital age. As members of a civilized society, we have a responsibility to own our words.

Treat your webz like you treat your business
I've heard many a writer, Twitter user and Facebook friend spout iterations of, "I don't say anything online that I wouldn't want my mother to read." My mom is my friend on Facebook. By now, she's come to understand who her daughter is and loves me for me. But many don't enjoy that level of understanding with their audiences. We all operate under different sets of rules. Find yours.

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