Let’s face it. We all have dumb moments once in a while. There’s nothing to be embarrass about. But when it comes to Facebook, where hundreds and even thousands of people can see your posts instantly (and possibly for all eternity), you need to be very careful.
Here are top 6 things that you should avoid if you want people to take you seriously on Facebook:
1. Writing “first” as your ONLY comment on photos.
Popular photos shared on Facebook always seem to have a few “first” comments on them. Last I checked, there’s no prize for being the first to comment. And more often than not, the people who wrote “first” are not usually the first ones to comment. When this happens, the following comments would usually say “fail”. 🙂
2. Sharing things that say “you would die in X days if you don’t share this”.
This type of content never comes to an end. This haunted us before –from letters to emails. And now they’re even more rampant on Facebook! I never shared any of those photos, and I’m still alive!
3. Using hashtags on Facebook.
Hashtags were made for Twitter. They are words that don’t have spaces on them and starts with a # (eg. #thewalkingdeadgame). These tags allow Twitter to easily categorize the tweets and for people to quickly find them.
It’s also a tool to determine trending topics on Twitter. Hashtags are not supported on Facebook. At least, not yet. So maybe next time, when your posting solely on Facebook, and not crossposting from Twitter, skip the hashtags please.
4. Dissing your employer.
As they say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. This is most especially true in Facebook. Employers actually check Facebook accounts of their employees. So if you’re upset that you didn’t get the extra leave credits, maybe you should talk to your HR or go write in your diary.
Many people around the world have been fired because of bad-mouthing their employer, dissing a customer,or posting their latest escapade while they’re on sick leave.
5. USING TOO MANY CAPS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!
Using all caps for emphasis is surely acceptable. But, if you’re using it in a series of sentences, it’s just plain annoying. All caps usually indicate anger. Adding a bunch of exclamation points make it even worse.
So if you’re not The Hulk, then maybe you should stick to the correct capitalization of words.
6. Liking your own status update.
Liking your own status when no one else seems to hit the “like” button seems needy. Why not like somebody else’s status instead? Facebook is filled with so many other content that are totally “likable” other than your posts.
7. Sharing spoilers on your timeline! (Added on Dec 2, 2013)
This is one of my pet peeves! I believe that sharing spoilers–most especially on the latest episodes or films is quite insensitive. It’s okay to share that you watched it, but it’s definitely NOT COOL to share specific details about it.
Spoilers ruin the experience of other movie goers.
If you really want to talk about it, join a Facebook Group or send a private message.
Do not announce it for the whole world to see!
I’m sure some of you may have been guilty on one of these few things. I know I was! 🙂
Seeing the things you’ve done in retrospect or seeing other people do it, make you realize that some things are just seem plain dumb. This is most especially important to me because my career depends on the internet and how I present myself. So I always think twice before posting anything.
What about you? What are Facebook mistakes that you feel are quite dumb? Do you believe that it’s important to carefully think about the things we put on Facebook?
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