Everyone is turning to Facebook to find out more about you: prospective employers, college admission officers, business partners; there has even been talk of insurers checking Facebook before issuing life policies to see if applicants indulge in risky behavior or partake in dangerous sports!
. Strong political or religious opinions
Nobody’s saying you can’t have them, it’s just that very few people want to read them on Facebook. Plus, one-paragraph opinions on a social network can easily be taken out of context or misinterpreted. Why risk alienating friends or being labeled as insensitive or intolerant? Facebook activity should be kept friendly and light. Don’t post politically charged comments and don’t respond to other people who do.
.Embarrassing pictures of other people
It may seem like a good prank to post embarrassing pictures of other people on Facebook, but what might start out as a bit of fun can quickly go wrong. Everyone’s Facebook motto should be “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If you wouldn’t want those pictures of you circulating on the Internet, then be a good friend and share them privately or not at all.
. Attention-seeking posts
Vague posts that are practically begging for someone to ask you “what’s wrong?” or “what happened?” or “what’s the good news?” are just as bad as posts that exist solely to fish for compliments. No one appreciates seeing vague posts that simply proclaim a day the “worst day ever” or even the “best day ever.” Be considerate of your Facebook friends, and don’t leave them hanging. If you’re just writing a post to get attention, then reconsider whether it’s something worth sharing.
.Photos of your kids
Many kids grow up with an Instagram hashtag or dozens of Facebook photo albums documenting their accomplishments. But overzealous parents don’t consider how private or public those photos will really be. As with other photos you post on Facebook, you should assume that just about everything is public. Get permission from a child’s parents before posting a photo. If you have to post a photo, avoid adding geographical information, hinting at where a child goes to school, or using his or her real or full name.
Whether it’s profanity or an off-color joke, don’t risk an awkward situation later by posting something offensive now. While it might seem funny at the time, and could get a few laughs from the friends you’re out on the town with, it’s not worth the risk of offending family members, friends, or even that boss that you forgot you friended.Everyone is turning to Facebook to find out more about you: prospective employers, college admission officers, business partners; there has even been talk of insurers checking Facebook before issuing life policies to see if applicants indulge in risky behavior or partake in dangerous sports!
ou should never fall for, much less repost, the persistent Facebook hoaxes that pop up from time to time and circulate through your circle of friends. Reposting a status about how you own the content you post, for instance, just makes you look gullible (and unable to perform a basic Google search for a quick fact-check).
We’re not saying “never.” We’re just saying, please keep it to a minimum. The should-I-or-shouldn’t-I-post-it litmus: It better be the most amazing picture of you. Ever.