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Good Social Etiquette for Facebook

This new habit of keeping in contact with one another through Facebook has automatically produced some unspoken rules that help us all get along and reduce misunderstanding. It is very easy to forget that we are "talking" to real people when using Facebook to share views, opinions and thoughts. This article contains a few great reminders for using good manners on-line.

Social media, Facebook in particular, has clearly surpassed traditional letter writing, phone calls and even email as the norm for keeping in communication with our friends, co-workers and family. Texting may be more in use than Facebook, but it is a close second if not first in popularity and acceptance. Facebook users include all age ranges, from teens to grandparents and everything in-between. 

This new habit of keeping in contact with one another through Facebook has automatically produced some unspoken rules that help us all get along and reduce misunderstanding. It is very easy to forget that we are "talking" to real people when using Facebook to share views, opinions and thoughts. It is important to think before we click.

Facebook Etiquette:

  • Do not "Hi-jack" a comment thread. This usually occurs accidentally at first. You may comment on a status or post and then your comment may be commented on by someone else and you respond to them and forget all about the original writer. An entire subject can be changed this way and it is rude to the original poster. 
  • Do not SHARE a photo or post unless you know you have permission to do so. Don't assume that everything on Facebook is free for your use. Ask.
  • Do not click LIKE on every single photo in an album. This creates a long list of notifications for the poster. If you love the whole album, you can LIKE it or leave a comment at the very beginning under the Album page.
  • If you post a controversial statement, expect controversial comments. Don't get mad or offended at differing views than yours.
  • Try to stay impersonal when you are a friend of a friend. Advice from a stranger is seldom welcome.
  • Be kind. If you see a photo that you hate, keep scrolling. You do not have to leave a comment if your only reaction is a negative one. 

The over-all rule for good manners on Facebook is to treat others as you would like to be treated. Kindness and common sense will go a long way in protecting the feelings of others. Our words, spoken or written can be powerful tools to be used for the good or for the bad. Bullying of any form on Facebook should not be tolerated in any degree and can be reported if you see it on someone's page or in the Feed.

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