Facebook is great for staying in touch with people you may otherwise have trouble doing, but it’s also a hotbed for major drama. Want to stay out of Facebook trouble? Here are the ten things not to do.
1. Do not post or tag friends on embarrassing or incriminating photos. This is what yearbooks or scrapbooks are for – things that exist on dusty shelves for a select few to enjoy and mock – not the internet, where potential employers and lovers can be scared away.
2. Do not post photo or video updates of your child’s potty training. Just don’t. It’s gross, embarrassing, and demeaning to the kids. Plus, no one gives a rat’s ass.
3. Do not use Facebook to converse with your own significant other. Say what you need to say in person, over the phone, on IM, or email. No one else cares or needs to follow your conversation or relationship drama/boasting.
4. Do not endlessly self-promote. A link to an article, TV appearance, or a newspaper mention every once in a blue moon is fine. A daily reminder that you need votes for the “Mad Men” walk-on part competition is just obnoxious.
5. Do not propose, ask someone out, or dump anyone via wall messages or status updates. What. Is. Wrong with people?
6. Do not IM anyone you haven’t spoken to in over a decade. 10 years is a long time… Don’t put people in a position where they have to: a) quickly sum up the last decade+ of their lives in four or five sentences, and b) act like they care about your life.
7. Do not stalk exes and/or ex’s new loves. Not only is it damaging to your own well-being, it’s, like, kinda psycho. So, just don’t. Go for a jog or join a book club or something.
8. Do not use Facebook as a diet and workout diary. Seriously, no one cares if you ate a salad for dinner last night and ran 3.1 miles before work this morning. Who are you trying to impress?
9. Do not “spoil” TV shows in one’s status update. Rudeness!
10. DO post clear, updated photos of yourself. Why else do you think people from your past are friending you in the first place?!