When Mashable posted a ‘10 Facebook tips’ article recently they inadvertently started an avalanche of advice from Twitter users keen to provide their own tips on what not to do on The Book. Here’s a few responses I liked:
10 Facebook Tips don't send me 100 farmville requests. NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY FARMVILLE WITH YOU.—
Verified Belieber (@KarlaKardash) May 16, 2012
10 Facebook tips to fit in: Add everyone, post lyrics and more lyrics, create drama, upload pictures daily, use incorrect grammar. Repeat.—
Half-Blood Princess™ (@HarryPotterish) May 16, 2012
10 Facebook Tips: Don't you ever ever ever ever ever ever spam my notifications with stupid game requests.—
Anna (@thekhayalan15) May 16, 2012
10 Facebook Tips: DON'T ever use hashtags!—
A Teen Thing! (@ohteenquotes) May 16, 2012
10 Facebook Tips: Never add your mom...—
EL Buenaflor (@buenamazing) May 16, 2012
10 Facebook Tips: Delete your account. You're welcome.—
Not Shane Warne (@NotShaneWarne) May 15, 2012
10 Facebook Tips: 2. Got a kid? Great! Nobody else has. Please post details of the little darling's every achievement, no matter how dull.—
Ju Power (@JulianRWPower) May 15, 2012
10 Facebook Tips: #10 Deactivate and move to Twitter.—
The Funny Truth (@funnyortruth) May 15, 2012
10 Facebook Tips if you're going to cry use a tissue not Facebook—
Cole Hill (@ColeTrippyMane) May 16, 2012
I have a few of my own to add:
1. Do not, under any circumstances, add anyone you work with. I have broken this rule and I regret it. That’s all I’ll say on the matter.
2. I’m really happy you’re pregnant. However I really, truly believe that Facebook is no place for your ultrasound scan photo thing to be posted. Please. Do not ever, ever put this on Facebook. Ever.
3. Baby talk between you and your partner makes me and everyone else want to vomit on our keyboards.
4. I’m really happy you’re engaged. But here’s a little tip: no one else, anywhere, cares as much about your upcoming wedding as you. So please, post about some other topic, just once in a great while.
5. Oh, you’ve uploaded 225 photos of our night out, including the 15 of me taken from an angle that makes me look like a bloated elephant? That’s fantastic! When posting photos – edit! A little discretion makes the social media world go round.
I’m so glad Facebook wasn’t around when I was a teenager! It’s completely changed our interactions, even in real life. Look around at a social event and everyone is snapping photos and posting, updating their status, checking in. Even if you’re not on Facebook yourself you can bet your sweet bippy there’s photos of you on there. I think back to the things I was doing at 15 and feel physically ill at the idea of it being recorded on Facebook for all to see. There’s enough photographic evidence as there is…
Are you on Facebook? Do you love The Book or have you had enough? I’m verging on having had enough of it – but it’s still so useful for staying in touch with friends overseas that I wouldn’t ever be able to delete my account completely.
What are your Facebook pet hates?