Most of us know by now how to set up our privacy settings to protect ourselves. However, from some of the things I’ve seen posted publicly on Facebook, those precautions are pretty much thrown out the window by some folks. So I thought I’d share some common sense approaches to using Facebook.
Don’t telegraph where you’re at and what you’re doing unless you want that new mega-TV stolen – tell me later what a great time you had while you were out.
Don’t make short, somewhat alarming posts like: a) at the hospital, or b) didn’t get much sleep last night after the cops showed up.
Once you post a status leave it up for awhile, Facebook moves fast and we might miss your words of wisdom, humor, or wit.
Please don’t ask me to join one of your games for the fifth time, if I haven’t done so by your second request, odds are good that I’m passing on that one.
Don’t post anything you don’t want everyone to read. That way, if your private messages do get out, you’re not in trouble if you said something negative. Better yet, try practicing saying positive things about people, then you don’t have anything to worry about.
Don’t hold a long conversation on the wall; opt for chat or private messaging instead.
Don’t “hijack” someone else’s post, that’s plain rude. Hijacking, for those who aren’t familiar with that term, means taking over another person’s thread with your topic of interest.
If you want to keep your job, don’t post on your status that you had a great time partying with all your friends the day before – the day that you happened to call in sick.
That reminds me, if you’re at work and on Facebook and it’s against policy, don’t post that you’re at work and on Facebook.
For your profile photo, please don’t use a stock picture or some cute cartoon character unless it’s for a theme. For example, lots of people use scary/cute Halloween toons for their profile photo and that’s fine. But if I have to look at that cute kitty with the machine gun one more time, I’m gonna hurl.
Last one, I promise. Please don’t bombard me with humorous or philosophical quotes all day, or ask me to repost that I love my husband, son, daughter, grandkids, veterans, etc. Yes, I do love them all, but I tend to show them and not plaster it on everyone’s wall instead.
I’m probably missing one or two more, but that’s ok, I think you get the message – at least I hope so. Maybe I should pm everyone just to be sure?