October 26, 2011

Facebook Manners You Should Live By

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Facebook is home to 800 million members (give or take) and no doubt it is the biggest social networking site in the world right now. But with too many users, there are bound to be those who share too much information or cross the line of appropriateness (often unknowingly) and this can put them in a compromising situation with friends, relatives or even employers.

Facebook is a great tool and can be advantageous in this age of digital communication. Following careful rules, manners if you must, regarding what you share and how you share it is essential to prevent detrimental cyberspace mistakes which could have lasting consequences in real life. Here are basic Facebook rules you should live by.

Rule#1. Filter your online self. 

Facebook is primarily a personal space which links your everyday life with the digital age. Your Facebook profile and all of its content is a direct representation of all facets of what you are, including your personality, your friends, your business associates, your style, your preferences, your location, etc. Maintaining a self-tailored degree of neutrality could prevent any (sometimes costly) mishaps. Design your Facebook persona with colorful palette which represent all of you to the same degree you’d present yourself to a stranger (unless of course you’r apathetic type who blatantly doesn’t care about the opinion of others). Refrain from bashing your ex, boss, and other people who irritate you so as to not alienate yourself or anyone else.

Not everyone you’re friends with needs to know about the things you’ll be doing to your husband after you sign out of Facebook. And most folks decide for themselves when beer o’clock is. Remember to keep real life plans out of the public eye and use chat or email functions to preserve your real life digital dignity.

Rule #2: Don’t upload/tag friends in embarrassing photos. 

Resist the temptation to post every last photo from your birthday party on Facebook, particularly images that may cast your guests in an unflattering light. If you have any doubt, ask the subjects of any iffy pictures in advance whether they’d mind your posting the shots; then abide by their wishes.

Or sometimes, the people in a picture might not object to its being online as long as their names are not associated with it.

Rule #3: Don’t change your relationship status without the consent of the other person.

As ludicrous as it sounds, people use Facebook to break up with their boyfriends and girlfriends. This generally happens with your people who are dating in junior high, but it can happen at other age levels as well. This is a very insulting way to end a relationship. Just because it no longer means anything to you does not mean that it no longer means anything to the other person. You need to end things cordially to lessen the emotional blow if you want to be friends in the future.

When I was younger, I had a friend who was dumped by his girlfriend in this fashion. This was in 2005, when I had just gotten on Facebook.I was with him when he found out, and I have never seen someone get so angry. He logged on and saw that his profile that he was in a relationship, but not who he was in a relationship with. When he went over to his ex-girlfriend’s page, he saw that she now had a new boyfriend. She called to tell him a few minutes later, but the damage was done.

The most important thing to remember with Facebook is to behave in the same fashion you would in a real social situation. It’s okay to let your personality out, but when it comes to the expense of others you hurt yourself and your reputation

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