Thursday, October 30, 2014

Facebook Etiquette 5 Dos and Don'ts

By Lisa VanWilliams

It's officially over ten years now since Facebook has been born. It's drastically impacted several areas and created new outlets for others like marketing, socialism, blogging, media, and health to just name a few.  You can become part of groups that have similar interests, you can friend anyone in the world that has crossed your path that you want to stay in touch with. There is no Emily Post on Facebook to go over proper etiquette, but everyone should try to follow some simple social rules.

As of March 2013, Facebook reported having 1.11 billion monthly active users, globally.*

It's not just friends & family, it's acquaintances, career colleagues, and more than meets the eye. So when you post something, you should take some things into consideration.

1. Do like and comment on all your friends best photos. Try not to sabotage them with unflattering pictures and nights that should be better left forgotten.

2. Don't fight on Facebook.  That includes judging others, making nasty comments (If you cant say anything nice, don't say anything at all), and having respect.  There is a time and a place talk to someone if you have something to say, and Facebook is not it. It's awkward for everyone, and it makes you look bad in front of everyone intertwined.
We love the saying, "If you have a problem with me, give me a call. If you don't have my number then that means you don't know me well enough to have a problem...."

3. Don't post private matters, message them instead.  No one wants to know if your Aunt Meg's foot fungus has cleared up. Try to filter what other people don't need to know.  Or you can always go old school and pick up the phone.

4. Do be mindful of what you post.  We all come from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and beliefs. What you might think is harmless, could end up hurting someone's feelings. 

5. Do share.  Share your great days, beautiful families, happy moments, life-changing days, hard times, and great ideas because the people that truly LOVE you want to see this. 


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