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8 Facebook Etiquettes You Might Want To Try

In Internet on April 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

Avoid being ‘Hidden” in Facebook

1. Update wisely. Before telling the world what you ate for lunch, try thinking about whether or not your friends will care about it. Unless it’s this excellent recipe you’ve discovered and/or made yourself, it isn’t really all that interesting. Facebook was made to share significant details of your life, not your daily calorie intake.

2. Tag lightly. Be sensitive enough to recognize embarrassing/unflattering photos taken of your friends. They may be okay with you posting it online as long as you don’t tag them. Make it customary to ask your friends in advance if you can post their photos and tag them or not.

3. It is not a contest. Quality over quantity. Life isn’t about how many your friends are, it’s about how many really matter. It’s the same with Facebook. Although some people may see it as a platform to gain a wide audience, just remember that the more friends you have, the more feeds you will get on your home page every time you log in, hence, making it hard to keep track of everyone of your friends. Not to mention the massive application and group invitations you might not want to join.

4. Don’t break up in Facebook. Some things need to be done the old fashioned way. Changing your relationship status should be a mutual decision between you and your partner. Doing so without the knowledge of the other is unacceptable. The Change Status function is not a shortcut to ending relationships.

5. Wall vs. Message. Posting a message on the Wall can be seen by your other friends, not just the person who owns the wall. Sending a message, on the other hand, limits the recipient to the person you specify. These distinctions should be put to use by determining which messages you’d want to post to a wall (public), or send as a message(private).

6. Comment, not chat. Do not use comments to start a chat session. That’s what the chat application in Facebook is for. However, do not assume that anyone is available for chatting even though they are online. They may be looking at other sites, working on a document, or have stepped away from their computers.

7. Introduce yourself. Don’t add/invite your friends’ friends if you don’t know them personally. If you must do this, introduce yourself to the person (there’s a text box you can add a message) when adding him/her. Better yet, you can ask your mutual friend to introduce both of you.

8. Keep it wholesome. Unless you don’t have family or your boss in your Facebook circle, keep your contents PG-13. Nudity, crude language and offensive posts might not sit well with everyone you know. There’s a fine line between being provocative and being plain trashy. Know the difference.

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