Does browsing your Facebook news feed make you mad sometimes? So mad that before you’ve even had your morning coffee, you’re arguing with your old gym coach about politics, un-tagging yourself from photos that don’t have you in them, or even worse, un-friending people? If so, you’re not alone. With such a wide-open platform, posting interesting content, and engaging with your friends without being invasive, can actually be a bit harder than you think. Let’s face it; some people are just flat out annoying on social media. Luckily, you don’t have to be one of them. Here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts to keep you on the right track:
Do: Like/share good content from other people. Sharing is caring on Facebook, and acknowledging and crediting people when they post things you like is not only polite, but also expected. It shows them that you’re seeing their post, and interested in what they have to say. A simple share is often the biggest compliment you can give someone in social media. After all, that cat video’s not going to share itself.
Don’t: Like your own content. This should be a no-brainer, but sadly, is one of the biggest mistakes people make on Facebook. Just don’t do it. It’s like laughing at your own joke before anyone else does, or high fiving yourself in public. Worst of all, it’s redundant. If you didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be posting it.
Do: Speak your mind, and be honest. If you’ve got something burning on your mind that you need/want others to know, or give you their opinion on, there’s no better place to let it out than Facebook. Your friends are your friends for a reason. Post away! Be honest, ask for advice, and even vent a little. Just make sure you’re being constructive, and make your points clear and intelligent.
Don’t: Say things that will get you fired, get you on the news, or get you kicked out of the house. Some things are just better kept to yourself. Unlike a conversation in a bar with a few buddies, or some pillow talk with your significant other, Facebook posts are public content, even if you only have a few friends. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. So, unless you’d be willing to attach your name to it in a newspaper, or scream it from a podium, don’t say it.
Do: Post pictures of your kids, food, weekend at the beach, or whatever you’re doing that you want to share with the world.
Don’t: Post inappropriate, violent, or incriminating photos. If you wouldn’t otherwise have at your desk, or on your fridge, it’s probably not a good idea to have it on a public Internet site. All you need is one “friend” to screenshot something of yours that’s a bit risqué, and BOOM, it’s now public content.
The bottom line is, be careful about how you present yourself online. Use yourbest judgment, and try to think about what you post before doing it. Remember,what’s on your Facebook page is between you and your friends (and Facebook,the NSA, the TSA, local police, the US Government, Gawker…you get the point).