How Not to Make a Fool of Yourself on Facebook

facebook profileFacebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and make new ones. In addition, it allows potential employers to see who you really are. Since the social-networking craze began, people seem to abuse their profiles left and right. It seems that people forget about etiquette and common sense when it comes to Facebook. Remember that those manners that mom taught you can also be applied to Internet usage. Here are some tips on how to keep your profile polite.

Stash the drinking photos: Maybe that photo of you chugging Jack Daniels isn’t the most flattering. In fact, you should remove all photos that associate you with drinking. To play it even safer, remove the red-plastic-cup photos. Potential employers aren’t naive; they now what is really in those cups.

Remove the vanity photos: Nobody really cares what you look like with a swimsuit on. Friends and potential employers may interpret these photos as self-centered and superficial.

Keep the updates to a minimum: Do you really think people care that you walked the dogs this morning or that you had too much to eat for lunch? Updating your status a few times a day is acceptable, but giving your friends a minute-by-minute run down of your schedule is just annoying.

Be honest about yourself: Thinking of beefing up your profile? Then do it truthfully. Don’t put that you’re a graduate of a certain college if you only went there for a semester. The people who know you best will see right though you, and potential employers want to see that your resume matches up with your profile.

Don’t talk smack online: Had a rough day at work? Maybe your Facebook page isn’t the best way to relieve your anger. If you’re upset with your boss, there’s no need to spread it throughout the whole social-networking world. You may think that he or she is never going to see the comment, but it’s best to play it safe. Plus, nobody wants to hear your complaints.

Via The Huffington Post

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One Response to “How Not to Make a Fool of Yourself on Facebook”

  1. Catharina says:

    I think people can be TOO private on Facebook, too, and then it becomes boring. I mean people who ONLY discuss politics, environmental dangers, newspaper articles…

    I find that THAT becomes more interesting too, if you get a small glimpse of the person’s own, real life now and then. His wife, his house or garden, his study, his dog, his IRL-friends… or some small anecdote from his day at work. And of course a photo of himself now and then. Something that makes him more of a real person. (But not pictures of underage children – that I think you should not do for THEIR sake.)

    Otherwise I tire of following the person, also if he writes well and has a lot of knowledge in the subjects he is writing about.

    Another thing that makes me tire, is if I never get anything back. I like what he writes, and try to come up with intelligent and relevant comments, but NEVER get any kind of reaction of my statuses. Then, after a while, I let the person go.

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