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Social Network Etiquette

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 6


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It seems that there are so many people who don't know what they should or should not say on social networks like facebook.com. Some people may not realize until it's too late and the damage is done.Here are some guidelines.


Don't mention your job or your boss unless it is private messaging. Don't ever post something about your job or about your boss or another employee. Don't especially post pictures from work. There have been lots of people fired, even directly fired via facebook who have disclosed their personal opinions about people from work especially about their bosses or disclosed information they shouldn't have. Don't use workplace laptops or desktops for checking your social network accounts. Let's face it; posting on a wall is public knowledge, like posting it in a newspaper. It can be used in evidence against someone in the court of law.

Don't be a drama queen. Do you want to let the whole world know what a bad day you had or that you had a fight with your boyfriend so they can have a pity party for you? It should be too embarrassing to do that. Why not share it with just your closest friends face to face or on a chat on the phone rather than on a social network.

It's ok to know some cute details of your life but to know every boring detail of your life including every time you sit down to have a cup of coffee is just way too pathetic. You should save this stuff for some poor pathetic bored person who doesn't have a life.

Posting your full address or phone number on your wall is just insane. It is just giving people too much information. There are some people you would not even give that information if they asked you for it, why would you post it for anyone to know? Too much detail of your life opens your life open to fraud. Do not disclose when you are going on vacation, the date you're getting married, or anytime you will be away from your home for any period of time. You can post your pictures after the event, when you are at home again.


The thing people don't realize enough is that once you accept someone as your friend on Facebook.com, you inherit a ton of people who may be reading what you post as well on your friends wall. You don't directly know who those people are and what those people do for a living or who they know. What you write on someone's wall can even be twisted to mean something else. Posting on a social network such as facebook.com or twitter.com is like making a public announcement.




Apr 7, 2010 4:38pm
Some people grow courage writing on social networks like facebook, but would they ever say this in person? Probably not. I agree, they should think twic before writing everything they are thinking about. You need to sensor some of your feelings, and just remember how many people will read this, it could come back to bite you in the .... great article!
Apr 7, 2010 4:42pm
It is true, social networks are a great way to get into trouble. Especially when for some reason they have parents as their friends on them.
Apr 7, 2010 11:41pm
Godfather, the only way my teen has a Facebook is because I am her "friend". It would be irresponsible not to be, especially because kids have no idea that what they say have ramifications for their future. As a parent, it is my job to guide my children through this minefield of social networking, a job that my parents did not have to deal with.

My daughter tells me of kids her age who have pictures of them drinking-why don't their parents know about this? Because they are not "friends". If they are so stupid to post this, then they probably do other things their folks don't know about. All of my friends whose kids have a FB account are their friends.
Apr 12, 2010 1:55pm
Yes its true,its amazing the things you can find out about reading your wall of your facebook. Sometimes I wish I hadn't. I agree about our kids, mine are all on my friend list.
Apr 18, 2010 10:54pm
Very important advice! Well done!
Jun 12, 2011 4:14am
Some sensible tips if you want to stay safe while online
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