Last year I wrote a post on FB etiquette and tips. Even though Facebook has changed a lot, the unwritten rules have not, especially #2. It’s one of the unwritten rules, especially with writers/authors, that you do not add people to groups without their permission. I know you can change settings, but even so, many of us are on deadline. We simply don’t have the time.
There are a lot of new social media users out there. I hope this post helps.
I can’t believe the people that click on the links to learn who visited them the most, to receive something from Olive Garden, the list is endless. Nine times out of ten these links are bad. Clicking on them will usually spread the link to all your FB friends. Just don’t click on it. If it sounds too good to be true…it usually is. The iPad offer is a virus, too. Don’t fall for it!
2. Don’t automatically add people to your FB group.
I know, the functionality is there but I can tell you among writers and authors this act is frowned upon. Writers are on deadline and need to control their FB activity. When you add them to a group you are setting them up for e mail alerts and discussions they might not have time to be a part of. Let that be their decision. If you want them in your group, why not send them an invite?
I’ve been added to groups and for my local church, I understand. However for the womens’ groups that added me without asking and posted several times an hour, it became irritating fast. I know I can adjust the settings but the best choice is to ask people to join your group. Don’t assume.
3. Realize when you post something on someone’s wall or your own it is for the world to see.
High school and college people on FB: when you share your party pictures that include your underage drinking, I see it. That means law enforcement people have the ability to see it, too. When you air your drama, I see it. When you cuss someone out, I see it.
Yes, I can delete you and sometimes I do. But I care enough to tell you when you want that job, your potential employer IS going to check your FB page out. When you want to do something for me and I say no thank you, chances are it is because you’ve bragged about being irresponsible and I don’t think I can trust you. Prove me wrong and not only not post those things, how about not do them?
And as an aside, girls…you are so beautiful. Why you feel the need to post your bare midriff shirts with your Snooki eye make-up and hair while making a duck lip face and hope a boy is going to like it, literally, I don’t understand. Smile. Lose the make up. And stand tall. You are gorgeous just as you are.
Facebook is a great tool for social media if you know how to use it in the right way. I’ve been able to stay close to family, connect with friends and for me, share my ministry with people worldwide I otherwise would never have met. I’m able to encourage others and share good news and resources.
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