In this day and age, Facebook is a part of daily life. People check their Facebook as much, if not more, than their email. Statistics show that people are now spending more time on Facebook than even their counterpart and arch-nemesis, Google. That is why you need to know some essentials about Facebook etiquette if you would like to fit in, not ruffle feathers, and where to post the rest.
Facebook Is Too Personal
Nowadays people catch the latest in news that is happening, popular clips of Youtube videos that have gone viral, and the latest buzz. While it is ok to post updates on events such as: birth, death, and up-to-the-minute health news on a loved one in the hospital, it is not ok to post menial issues like what you ate for breakfast, what your schedule is like – minute by minute, and other things that most people really don’t care about. After all, the average Facebook user has befriended more people than you could really call your friends, and just an acquaintance really does not care about your latest meal and how full you are. That is why I recommend you take advantage of the latest Facebook feature to make groups of friends for certain issues, and only keep your true friends in the loop about inside matters that only they would care about.
Opinions Are For Blogs
I found this out the hard way. There is one “friend” in particular that de-friended me twice. Yes, I said twice. The first time he de-friended me he used the excuse that it was because of a freak accident. And I knew that this was not the case. I kindly re-friended him. Then, the next time he de-friended me I clicked on his profile and he had not privatized his status feed from the public. He had some status feed directly referring to an article I posted and I assume it offended him. With that being said, if you don’t want to ruffle feathers, then make it a point not to post articles, opinions or pictures that you know will offend people (or people groups). Now if you are the type of person who doesn’t care, be my guest but in the mean time, keep personal opinions on your blog.
Twitter Is For ME
If you haven’t figured this one out already, a Twitter account is for self-promotion. It works great for celebrities and Businesses, but for the average Joe, it is just a time waster of epic proportions. However, if you don’t have a blog, and must self-promote, Twitter is just the place for you. This is the perfect place to try out your hip new lingo and abbreviated webspeak that would be inappropriate everywhere else. Go ahead post it up, and be prepared to retract it the next day when you find out you’ve offended the world.
Just take my advice: If you want to go with the flow and ride the waves of non-confrontation, use the proper avenues of social media on the web.