There are rules for Facebook that everyone should follow yet very, very few people actually do. I’ve broken almost every rule on this list because, let’s face it, it’s easier to give advice than it is to take your own advice. Some of these rules are nothing more than common courtesy. Others will save you from embarrassing yourself. Others will keep you from winding up in a situation like dear ole Rudolph in the cartoon here. Witty little cartoon or cautionary tale. You decide. Let’s get to the list.
- Never say anything on Facebook you don’t want people to know. You’re not whispering something to a friend. You’re writing it down on the internet. Word travels fast.
- Remember who your friends are. Sure this one isn’t a Facebook exclusive rule but it has a bit of a different meaning on FB. If you say something nasty about someone you don’t particularly like and one of your friends happens to also be friends with the object of your scorn, you could find yourself in hot water fairly quickly.
- Don’t say things you wouldn’t want Grandma to hear you say. Again with the “it’s the internet” thing. Going off on a profanity laden diatribe against whatever happens to have gotten your goat may make you feel better at the time, but might come back to haunt you. This one is a lesson learned from experience, friends.
- If your boss is your friend on Facebook or is friends with a friend on Facebook you have the best job ever and your boss is the coolest. It’s that simple. Don’t feel like sucking up? That’s cool. I respect that. Do yourself a favor though – keep your grievances to yourself. If you trash your job on Facebook, you might as well trash your job directly to your boss’ face. I can’t imagine that would go well unless you happen to have an awesome boss in which case what are you complaining about?
- Think before you like. Please. If someone’s status is talking about someone dying, how upset they are or how bad things are going for them, please don’t use that “like” button – unless of course you’re happy about their sorrow. That’s not what it’s there for. It’s… well, I’m not really sure why it’s there but I know how it’s not supposed to be used. One more note on this one – stop liking your own statuses! While it may feel like putting an exclamation point at the end of your emotional sentence, it isn’t. It’s annoying. They have this crazy thing called, you guessed it, an exclamation point that will get the job done and won’t make you look like a complete d-bag.
Facebook is supposed to be a fun way to stay in touch and keep people updated on what’s going on in your life. It’s a great way to connect with people and make new friends. When I learned I had a brother, the first thing I did was look him up on Facebook. Even so, Facebook can be a dangerous thing, rife with opportunities to embarrass yourself. Plus, you know, the games are fun. Thanks for reading. If you liked this post, do the right thing and share it on Facebook. See what I did there?
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