Good ol’ Facebook, pretty much the poster child for social media. The website is used by millions of people from all different age groups. From my grandpa liking just about every picture that I am tagged in, to my cousins overseas who I only get to see over Facebook, ‘Facebooking’ is appealing to all. Because Facebook is so popular and used by a plethora of people, it is important that it is used correctly. More people than you realize are watching you via Facebook, so it is imperative to portray an image that is appropriate.
DO consider what other people want to hear. Simply ranting on about something that none of your Facebook friends want to hear could lead to readers ignoring your posts, or even worse, deleting you as a friend.
DON’T post long extended statuses that no one wants to read through. We all have busy lives, and do not necessarily want to sit down and read a post that takes up half of our day. Keep posts short and to the point in order to make them most effective.
DO proofread. If posts are filled with spelling errors and the grammar of a second grader, the chances of people taking you seriously are slim.
DON’T share anything that you would not want the public to know about. The audience of your posts may be much broader than you think, be cautious when posting personal information about yourself or others.
DO network! Facebook makes it so incredibly easy to stay connected to people all over the world. So add that friend from high school you haven’t seen in 20 years, they may have opportunities for you that you never would’ve imagined.
DON’T be creepy. This one pertains to the rule above—network—yes add that friend from high school, but don’t add your friend’s sister’s son or your daughter’s roommate’s cousin who you have never met before.
DO use Facebook to your advantage! The website may have a lot more to offer than you think. In today’s world social media is very prominent and is not going away anytime soon. Facebook can benefit its users tremendously, as long as it is used correctly.