Today, we’ll cover the most important aspect of Facebook, interacting with your Friends on the website. Sadly, this is our last article of the Facebook Etiquette series. However, if there is a subject you want us to cover regarding Facebook or other social media websites, please comment below with your suggestion!
The Infamous Friend Request
The subject of friend requests is one of the most important to go over. It is the most misunderstood part of Facebook and sometimes can shape your whole Facebook experience. One important rule to remember is to not add everyone that sends a request your way. You should feel comfortable with the people you are sharing information online with.
Adding individuals you don’t necessarily want to be friends with can result in getting a ton of status updates in your timeline that you necessarily don’t find interesting. This leads to you having to delete these individuals that previously thought you wanted to be friends with them, equalling out to a not so great situation. The quantity of Facebook friends isn’t as important as the quality.
Filter Your Audience, If You Must
Even if we do add everyone that we want to add and that we know very well, this doesn’t mean that the content we share will grab the interests of everyone. Certain status updates can be geared to a certain demographic of friends. For example, a question about your newest iPhone will be something your techie friends will find important than your music friends. You can filter you status by having it seen by only certain friends. This can be done by adjusting the privacy manually to each status by clicking the settings wheel in the status section.
Keep It Private
There is nothing worse than a friend who posts highly private updates on your wall, even worse, in a status update. If you are having a disagreement with a friend, keep it behind closed doors and send them a message or chat instead. However, drawing back to common manners, if the problem is large enough, then you probably should handle this in person.
Open for A Chat?
Thanks to Facebook Messenger for iPhone, I’m always available on Facebook. That means even at the late hours and while in class. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m available for a conversation. A Facebook manners basic is to not repeatedly message a user that doesn’t message back the first time. If they don’t reply, don’t message back in the same day. This will prevent them from feeling pressured to offer a reply, and will prevent you from being issued a restraining order.
A Few, Final Pointers
Being our last Facebook Etiquette article, we will offer you a nice round up of final pointers. Here are our favorites from each article, plus pointers for this article.
- Do keep your Facebook security settings up-to-date.
- Don’t post online what you will rethink later.
- Do ask before you tag/post a photo of someone else.
- Don’t vent, moan, and groan in every Facebook status update.
- Do add only friends you are comfortable with sharing your personal information with.
- Don’t let private matters public.
- Do keep your chat messages to a minimum