Bingo is among the most popular online and mobile games in the world, and rightly so. There’s not much that can beat the feeling of completing the pattern on your ticket and then walking away with a prize!
For many players, though, Bingo is actually about a lot more than daubing squares on a ticket and even more than claiming payouts. It’s about socialising; connecting with like-minded enthusiasts and enjoying the games all the more for the interactions.
Online Bingo communities and chatrooms are all different, and all have their own flavour, but there are some general dos and don’ts that you should always follow. Go into each online room knowing the basic netiquette outlined here, and you’ll soon pick up the specifics. Use the handy guide to phrases and lingo found on the Giggle Bingo Community Page and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying conversations and even making a few lifelong friends!
Online Bingo Dos
The first thing to remember when you enter any Bingo room is that there is a real person behind every username that you see, just as you are the real person behind yours. You know how important it is to feel respected, so make sure you show some to every other player that you encounter. This is probably the most important thing to remember; if you can hold on to this attitude then the other good and bad online Bingo behaviours should come pretty naturally.
Always be sure to greet other players when you enter a room, and say a friendly hello to anyone who joins the fun after you. In particular, newcomers should be given a warm welcome. In the same vein, be sure to congratulate any player lucky enough to score a win. Remember, the only perception anyone can have of you in an online Bingo game is the chat that you engage in. Think about the impressions that you draw from others’ chats, and then about the impression that you want to create.
Online Bingo Don’ts
As well as things that you definitely should do in an online Bingo room, there are things that you should definitely not do! If you can’t congratulate a winning player, at least stop yourself from being a sore loser – don’t make any comments about how it was an easy win, or how the amount was not that much. This really just makes you look petty.
You should also be careful NOT TO USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS as this is considered shouting and is usually perceived as very rude. The only exception is recognised acronyms, such as WTG for Way To Go when you are making the friendly gesture of congratulating a player. It’s quite easy to accidentally activate the Caps Lock on your keyboard and type like this by mistake, so always check for that.
Just as you shouldn’t use capital letters, steer clear of strong punctuation like “quotation masks” and exclamation points! They can appear condescending, which is a definite no-no. Avoid anything that could be seen as a way of looking down on someone or, worse yet, a slur. This includes not discussing politics, religion, race or any player’s command of the English language.
Easy to Pick Up
It can seem like there’s a lot to remember when you first start using online Bingo sites and chatting to other players, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly it all becomes second nature. And for the friendship, camaraderie and even helpful playing tips and tricks that the chatrooms offer, the effort is worthwhile!