I have come to the realization that many participants of Facebook do not practice proper etiquette? Comments were ranging from the pleasant to the downright nasty! A person’s comments have evolved from combative, argumentative, insulting, aggressive, belligerent, and the list is endless. The culprits can be family or wonderful friends or colleagues from work. We must be mindful of the other person; it will save you from awkward moments. I came across some rules that may be helpful to you all.
1. Think before you post.
This one is the biggest offender, having an opinion is okay, but think before you write. I have seen instances, where emotion guides the person and not rational. It will save you grief in the long run.
2. Protect your online reputation.
If you are taking photos that you would not show your momma, then you wouldn’t want to display them on social media. Nowadays even your boss or a company representative may go exploring for your name and find photos, videos or comments that may not be in your favor.
3. Respect other people.
Think before you tag or comment; it may make that person uncomfortable. Best practice is to send the person a private message. Gossiping about a friend on your Facebook wall is a no-no!
4.Unfriend with caution.
I have been on the receiving end of being unfriended; it does not feel great. Trust me the person will eventually find out that you unfriended them.
5.Socialize when sober.
Have a leveled head when on social media and if you are a bit inebriated then it would not be wise to write a comment that you will later regret.
6. Cover your tracks.
The worst thing is to be lied to and finding out on social media. The person made up an excuse for not accepting your invitation, and you see the proof of photos of the occasion. So keep it real!
7. Status change with certainty.
How many times have you seen a friends status changed? They are in a relationship, not in a relationship or no longer married. Make sure you are confident before posting a change in your life status.
8. Save the bad stuff.
Hearing about someone dying or getting married or engaged from family should not be announced on social media. Give them a call or send a private message. They will greatly appreciate it.
9. Keep it confidential. Never put messages on someone’s wall, especially if it is something that you would not want anyone else to read.
10. Know your friends well.
Sometimes you may get a friend request and have met the person through a friend, and you don’t know them well. Don’t accept a friend request from strangers, and it would be too bizarre. Food for thought!