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Facebook Etiquette: Things You Should Never Post on Facebook

facebook-etiquette-things-you-should-never-post-on-facebookMost of us have a Facebook. And, most of us are “friends” with a lot of people—relatives, co-workers, best friends, old roommates, and that awkward friend of a friend you met at a party three years ago. When someone “friends” us on Facebook, we often accept and never reject for fear of offending someone. Or, even worse, rejecting the Facebook friendship and then seeing them in the supermarket later that week (hey, it’s happened to me!).

Facebook is great. It allows us to keep in touch with friends and family members with a click of the mouse. But of course, with the good comes the bad: people that have no filters on facebook. Let me explain…

 

Things You Should Never Post on Facebook

1. Personal Messages to Your Significant Other

This is my number one pet peeve! Why must people (women especially) post cutesy messages all over their significant other’s Facebook profile? You’re in love, we get it! And love is a wonderful thing. But,  your “awesome relationship” and your “awesome love” where you drink “awesome wine” and have an “awesome time together” is intimate, and Facebook is not intimate. Use other forms of communication, like: a private message, an email, a text, or perhaps tell them in person.

2. Birthday Thank You Message

This is passive aggressive way to say “Hey, all you that forgot my birthday, I’m saying this to make you feel bad so that I hopefully get a belated birthday wish and possibly an apology gift for your lack of memory.” The thank you blast to 800 of your closest friends is not needed. The ones that matter will make an effort to see you in person for your birthday, where you can thank them personally.

3. A Picture of Your Car Wreck… When You Are Perfectly Uninjured

This is just scary. If you are OKAY, then don't scare everyone with a crazy photo first! Or, at least say "DON'T WORRY, I AM FINE" in your caption.

4. New Phone Number

Would you go and blast your social security number to 800 of your closest friends? No! Do you want that creepster from the party three years ago to have your number? Absolutely not! Do you want to be harassed by that drunk guy from the bar that you turned down? No! So, why on earth would you post your new phone number like it’s a sign saying “HEY! CALL ME! HARRASS ME!” Instead, populate your phone book with people you actually care about, rather than the 600 that will respond via Facebook.

5. Vague Posts

Posting things like “Don’t you hate when your best friend stabs you in the back” or “Some people really piss me off. You know who you are” or even “I hate when the person who gives you the most love can also take it away just as fast” don’t make anything mysterious. I’m pretty sure whoever you’re posting about knows exactly who you’re talking about! Where is the mystery in that? You’re a grownup! Tell them to their face.

Other Various No-No Postings on Facebook

  • Flowers on Valentine’s Day
  • What you ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—every day!
  • Deaths—ehhh can be a little uncomfortable for people
  • How hungover you are
  • Asking for Money
  • Saying “don’t even get me started” in a status…pretty sure you just got yourself started
  • Saying you’re “so over Facebook” as you post and comment on photos everyday

Of course, we all live in America, and have freedom of speech. So, I guess using Facebook as your vessel is perfectly fine and dandy!

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Peri Heft

Peri Heft

My name is Peri Heft and I am a proud Womensforum.com employee. I have many roles here including editorial management, starring in "The Social Buzz" video series, social media, marketing, site development, writing, and much more! I'm a southern girl from Atlanta and Dallas. After graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in Marketing, I made my way to the hub of the midwest, Chicago! Here, I work at Womensforum.com, enjoy going to concerts, creating artwork, exploring the city, cleaning and organizing (yes, it's true!) and spending countless hours cooking up something fabulous!