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Facebook Don’ts

How much do you share on Facebook?

You already know (or I hope you do) that it’s probably not smart to tell the world about last night’s drunken escapade or exactly what you’d like to do to your evil boss. But is it OK to write about your morning workout, an upcoming anniversary, or the death of a loved one? How about writing a “Thank you” post for the barrage of birthday wishes from your FB friends? And if a loved one dies, should you mention it on Facebook?

In his entertaining article, “11 Things to Never, Ever Say on Facebook,” writer Sam Biddle of Gizmodo says all the above are definite no-nos.

I don’t agree with all of Biddle’s assertions — for example, if someone says, “Happy Birthday” (no matter how perfunctorily), I say the appropriate response is always “Thank you!” If someone wants to brag about a 4K run (or marathon, or bike ride, or long hike), that’s fine by me. Maybe I’ll be inspired to get out and go for a run myself — not a bad thing. And one of my own Facebook friends recently posted a moving tribute to her father after he passed away. Her words in no way “cheapened” him, his life, or his death.

However, I have my own Facebook pet peeves. I am bored by those who post hour-by-hour run-downs of their to-do lists. (“Doing laundry. Then lunch.” Who cares?) Like Biddle, I feel uncomfortable by lovey-dovey professions of amour. (“I love you so much. You are the best boyfriend ever!” Uh — I’m glad you are happy together, but do all 478 of your friends need to be in on your private conversations?) And one FB acquaintance is constantly asking for money for a nonprofit she founded. Her solicitations test my patience to the point that my finger is hovering that “unfriend” button.

What do you think? What is OK on Facebook; what’s not? What posts bug you most? I’d love your input.

Write on —

by Maryann Hammers — your solution for all writing and editing needs


3 comments on “Facebook Don’ts

  1. carcarbone
    June 18, 2012

    I hate when people act like facebook is their journal. yes it is your own page but we don’t care that you have a dentist appointment todaaayyyy.

  2. Alex Jones
    June 18, 2012

    I won’t use Facebook, it is overrated and encourages moronic activity.

  3. Tanesha
    April 19, 2014

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