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Technologies such as broadband and satellite Internet have madeInternet access easier and faster than ever before. Socialnetworking sites like Facebook have become as widespread astexting. Unfortunately, using Facebook for your privatecommunications increases the likelihood of a social faux-pas.

Social networking is meant to be fun and creative, but somebasic rules should apply to all online communication. Avoidpersonal and professional embarrassment by following these Facebooktips:

Don’t ‘like’ too much

Nothing is more obnoxious than an overzealous Facebooker. Yourconstant comments and suggestions may be read as an indication thatyou don’t have much offline interaction with others. Keep yourcomments to a minimum and only communicate with people you actuallyknow to avoid looking nosy.

Don’t constantly update your status

If you’re looking for the correct venue to let the world knowwhat you ate for breakfast, Facebook is not the right place. Statusupdates are best used for utilitarian purposes, such as looking fora new dog or wishing a friend a happy birthday. Don’t waste yourtime as well as clog up everyone’s newsfeed by continuouslybroadcasting the minutiae of your life.

Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your boss to see

Even with increased privacy settings and profile locks, it’simpossible to keep everything you post completely private. Refrainfrom using foul language or inappropriate pictures as these couldcome back to haunt you. Employers have been known to search forinterviewees on Facebook. And don’t forget: your parents are nowallowed to join too.

Don’t tag other people in unflattering photos

Just like in other aspects of life, there’s a level of courtesyinvolved with online social networking. Always be respectful ofother people’s opinions and posts, and take care to manage thereputations of others. If you wouldn’t want someone else taggingthat photo or posting that quote, don’t do it to one of yourfriends. Facebook karma is alive and strong, and your poor tastewill certainly work against you.

Don’t get too personal

The anonymity of the online world makes it tempting to sharedetails you’d otherwise be inclined to keep private. But Facebookis not an appropriate venue to vent about a break up or discussyour bathroom habits. Avoid sharing religious, sexual or medicalsecrets on a public forum. Some things are simply best keptprivate.

Managing your online persona can be a full-time job. Facebookallows users so many options for personalization and communicationthat it’s hard not to get caught up. The next time you grab yoursmartphone or log on to your high-speed satelliteInternet to make a Facebook update, take a moment to thinkbefore you post. You could save yourself a lot of hassle andembarrassment.

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