Every single person who is literate and has a computer with internet access can create a Facebook account. Facebook is great for getting in touch with people, playing some Facebook games and showcasing your cats. But that doesn’t mean that if you can have a Facebook account, that you should have one. There are people who simply don’t know how to act online. Yes, we’re talking about Facebook etiquette, because there really is such a thing. We’re going to take a look at a few Facebook do’s and don’ts that will help you avoid being the weird one in your friend’s list, or the one who always gets unfriended.
10. Do: Stalking
Come on, we all know that Facebook is for stalking people. Your ex and their new flame, your friends, your coworkers and family. Pretty much everyone in your list is stalking material. There isn’t anything shameful about it, because everyone does it. You just need to be discrete about it. Let’s say that you meet one of your Facebook friends in real life and they tell you about something they’ve been up to. Don’t say: Oh, yes, I totally know about that, I’ve seen it all on Facebook! You’ll give off creepy vibes and people don’t like people who give off creepy vibes. Simply listen to that person, nod and smile!
9. Don’t: Be Obvious While Stalking
So we’ve settled that everyone does it, now we’re telling you to be careful when you do it. We’ve mentioned being discrete, but what does that really mean? Well, let’s take the following situation: you’re stalking someone whom you like, you’re on their wall and scrolling down and before you know it, you’ve been at it for half an hour and you’re as far back as 2009. Do not Like something from 2009! You’ll look creepy and as mentioned earlier, creepy is not good.
8. Do: Animals and People in Need
The truly great thing about Facebook is that we get to actually help animals and people in need. If someone knows someone who needs clothes or food, the word can be spread quite quickly on Facebook. Donate blood for someone in need: post it on Facebook and in a day you’ll get plenty of it. Same with animals – you found a cute little dog you can’t keep? Post on Facebook and it a matter of hours you’ll get volunteers.
7. Don’t: Graphic Photos of Animals and People in Need
I swear that if I get another person sharing a disturbing and graphic photo of a child or a dog in distress I will not only unfriend them, but I will ban them for eternity. I really don’t get this! Why do you need to share a photo of an animal being tormented or sick? You can help without shocking, try it!
6. Do: Post Inspiring Things
Among Facebook do’s and don’ts, this one is the trickiest, because there is a fine line between something cool you’ve found online and crap. Usually people post things that they find inspiring and funky, something they would like to do themselves or have done, something they consider cool. Think before you post – think about what friends would appreciate your post and what friends wouldn’t. Would your post offend anyone? Do you care if it does?
5. Don’t: Post Motivational Crap
An inspiring thing is one thing, but motivational crap is a whole nother thang! You know what I’m talking about: those glittery pictures of mountains with There are no limits to what you can do written on them. Actually, there are limits to what you can do and thank the Lord for that! The Dalai Lama said a lot of interesting stuff, so did Gandhi and Jesus, but I really don’t want to see it every single day on my news feed!
4. Do: Artsy Profile Picture
It’s OK to be a hipster when it comes to your Facebook profile picture. Everyone does it! Our tip is to try to be as accurate as possible, as to not mislead people, but other than that, anything goes! Black and white is good, a nice shot of you from behind looking over a beautiful landscape is awesome. Maybe a picture of you underwater? The sky’s the limit, just make sure you slap a cool filter over it!
3. Don’t: Child or Significant Other Profile Picture
Do not post a Facebook Profile picture of your child or of you and your significant other. Have a backbone and some hint of personality and character. It’s supposed to be your ugly mug there, not a couple’s or your child’s. There’s always some guy or girl so in love that it makes you want to Dislike (ah, if only that were possible) their picture just because they’re so nauseatingly lovely. No, this is not bitterness!
2. Do: Post Pictures of Your Pets/Children
We know that pets and children are two different entities and should be treated differently. Well, not on Facebook; on Facebook they fall into the same category: The Category of Cute Things. It’s nice to post a picture of your cat sleeping in a funny position or your kid’s first meal. Friends would like to see that and you should do it.
1. Don’t: Only Post Pictures of Your Pets/Children
Oh, there is a fine line between posting cute things and becoming the annoying friend who only posts cute things. OK, you’ve posted one, two or three pictures of your cat in a funny position. Enough! We get it, the furry thing likes to sleep like an idiot, but you don’t have to bombard your friends with it. Same with kids – we get how proud you are of your offspring, but do not drive people mad with pictures of your child. They’ll get saturated and you’ll lose a lot of Facebook friends.
What did you think about these Facebook do’s and don’ts? Have you ever made a Facebook don’t? Did it have any repercussions? Any more tips about do’s and don’ts online? Penny for your thoughts! Want more cats?