10 DOs and DONTs of Facebook
Everyone and their dog has a Facebook profile by now. It’s the place to be isn’t it ! Everybody is there but only few have a clue on how to behave. Not that it’s really a surprise, good manners and respect for others seem to be a thing of the past. I see people throw wrappers out windows from cars, or park just any old way, and they do just the same on Facebook: They think it’s all about them.
Recently I was friended by a guy. His profile seemed “clean” so I acknowledged the request. 10 minutes later he came back to me with a request to become his fan …
Now how can you possibly expect me (or anyone else) to endorse such a request.
Every morning I’m flooded with fan requests or invitations to groups and events I have no interest in whatsoever.
Leave me alone.
Don’t invite me for a drink in Montana, or to a freakin’ event on stressed out polar bears.
Before you change your Facebook profile or invite me and all your friends PLEASE:
- Don’t ask me to fan your pages. I really get pissed off when someone stands in front of me and says “hey man I’m sooo coool you should become a fan of mine ” – get lost, if you’re only way to get some attention is to stand before me and ask for it then you’re a loser. Get off your ass and do something useful for your community, create and share, and let the people decide whether they should become your fans.
- Don’t invite me to all your meetings and workshops. You think you look smart by inviting me to all your events ? Well surprise surprise you don’t, you annoy me.
- I don’t care what you are doing. updating your profile 20 times a day to tell the world about your breakfast, dinner and lunch is telling me you really don’t have anything better to do and you’re wasting time on the job.
- Think twice before publishing. I know this is an old one out in the early days of blogging – Once it’s out there it could come back to haunt you one of these days.
- Share useful information. You want the audience, then do something useful to earn it.
- Be respectful of others. No screaming and shouting to grab attention, understand my needs and respect me as you would a real friend.
- Build a real community of friends. Acting like a clown might get you many other clowns to follow you – but there are and will remain clowns: better to have a small number of well respected friends. Friends on Facebook are like links on the search engines, it’s not the quantity but the quality.
- Be yourself. Don’t hide behind your finger, just be yourself and others will appreciate you for what you really are.
- Don’t shoot 20 messages in 10 seconds. Got a lot of things to say ? That’s great, but don’t flood me with them all at once ! Chances are I’ll neglect everything coming my way after the 3rd message.
- Don’t parrot news. Avoid repeating what is on everyones’ lips UNLESS you can add value. If there’s nothing better to be said, don’t say anything.