Facebook Etiquette

6 Tips for Facebook

Posted by Liz Taylor Apr 01, 2012

I was speaking with a client this morning about the importance of privacy around various communication channels. We discussed the implication that Facebook can have on your life. Misfired Facebook posts have ended careers and damaged many relationships. Here are six tips for managing Facebook:

1.)    Proceed with caution when choosing your profile picture. Even though Facebook is meant for social purposes, you should select a conservative picture knowing that your coworkers and clients are able to see it.

2.)    Remember that people who receive your message don’t have your facial expression, body language or tone of voice to help interpret the meaning of your message. If you write a joke or post something sarcastic, it might come across as rude or spiteful. Once you’ve hit “post”, it’s on the web forever.

3.)    Proofread your writing. Like it or not, people make judgments based on your spelling, word choice, punctuation and grammar.  

4.)    Learn how to use privacy settings accordingly. For example, if you have personal photos that your clients might view as inappropriate, block them from viewing your albums.

5.)    Message private matters instead of posting on your wall. If someone might be left out or offended by your post, send it to the intended parties through the message option.

6.)    Remember the famous saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” More importantly, don’t complain about your job or other people.

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