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Growing up, we are taught not to take candy or rides from strangers. So, I ask this question: Why are people Facebook ‘friends’ with strangers?
Do not feel obligated to accept people’s friendship. If you question how you might know somebody it is acceptable to inquire via Facebook message and to ask your ‘Friends in Common’. Also, I assume this goes without saying but, do not ‘friend-request’ people who you don’t know. If you don’t know somebody and you request them, you are a Facebook Creep.
If you notice that you are friends with somebody who you don’t know, do not feel guilty unfriending them.
December 14, 2009 in Communication | Tags: Abbreviation, Annoy, Characters, Communication, Credibility, English, Etiquette, Facebook, Hurry, Information, Lazy, Messages, Rule, Status Updates, TFLN, Twitter | Leave a comment
There is a time and a place for abbreviations. Sometimes, abbrev’s are funny, other times they’re convenient. However, usually they are annoying, unnecessary and insincere. Abbreviating a post or a text when you are nowhere near the word limit is pure laziness.
Some of my biggest pet peeves are the most commonly used abbreviations…
- Thx: You really seem thankful. (Note the facetious tone in my voice.)
- Sry: I do not forgive you. I would rather you throw dirt in my face.
- Pls: The answer is no. Do not bother asking again.
- Xmas: No comment.
- Luv: Thanks for demonstrating your undying passion. I probably love you less after receiving this.
When a message is getting to its limit, the first change you should make is to eliminate unnecessary words, then switch and’s to &’s. If it is still multiple characters over, and the information is important, send two messages.
December 9, 2009 in Communication | Tags: Annoy, Comment, Communication, Credibility, Etiquette, Facebook, Fail, FML, Friend, Hurry, Information, Messages, MLIA, Post, Rule, Status Updates, TFLN, Time, Twitter, Wall | 1 comment
My friend Kelly’s Gmail status: “Thank you, Facebook & TFLN for helping me see exactly how horrible 75% of the people in this country are at spelling.” She went on to say, “I am so irritated. I just want to say COME ON PEOPLE YOU WENT TO COLLEGE. Your vs. You’re is an elementary school distinction.”
This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect when it comes to grammar, punctuation and spelling. That said, there are many things that people could catch if they just took 15 seconds to review what they have written. People have stopped taking the time to do this.
Below I am going to list a few common mistakes, after reading this post, please don’t make them.
- Your vs. You’re
- There vs. They’re vs. Their
- To vs. Too vs. Two
- It’s vs. Its
- Neither/Nor vs. Either/Or
December 1, 2009 in Communication | Tags: Birthday, Comment, Communication, Etiquette, Excitement, Facebook, Friend, Home page, Inbox, Information, Messages, MLIA, Post, Reconnect, Status Updates, Wall | 1 comment
The birthday section on your Facebook ‘homepage’ should be something you check frequently. Facebook has made it far less acceptable to forget, or God forbid completely miss, a birthday. I suggest going to each of your good friends’ Facebook pages and writing their birthdays in your personal calendar at the beginning of every year.
There are some friends with whom you are (basically) only in contact via Facebook – those friends are people who you can get away with only ‘wall postings’. You should still send your good friends and family members cards, or see them in person (what a novel thought) to celebrate the occasion.
The Facebook ‘wall’, is open for business all year-round. It amuses me when a ‘Wall-to-Wall’ is only birthday wishes. One way to remedy this situation is to personally ‘thank-post’ people who ‘birthday-post’ you. It takes more than a minute to do this but it is worth it. People will be happy or happily surprised that you ‘posted’ them back, nobody will think to themselves, “crap, so and so ‘posted’ on my ‘wall'” if they took the time to ‘birthday-post’ on your ‘wall’.
I recently had a birthday, which got me thinking about this topic. I also came across this conversation. For the record, I think it is okay to white lie if you only remembered a person’s birthday because of Facebook…at least you didn’t forget.
I would like to dedicate this post to my three Facebook friends with birthdays today: Laura, Craig and Lydia.
November 11, 2009 in Communication | Tags: Annoy, Awkward, Comment, Communication, Credibility, Etiquette, Excitement, Facebook, FML, Friend, Group, Home page, Inbox, Information, Messages, MLIA, Post, Privacy, Rule, Status Updates, Tag, TFLN, Untag, Wall | Leave a comment
In this article some Facebook Etiquette Rules that people still forget are outlined. Please don’t forget them.
A summary of the faux pas: Pregnant cryptic private countdowns calling crazy awful colleagues instead of calling people you aren’t friends with, is application overload.
The ‘reconnect’ feature recently added to Facebook (near the ‘friend suggestion’ on the ‘home page’) has received mixed reviews. However, I think this guy has the best take I’ve heard. I hadn’t realized the planning that the Facebook crew put into this brilliant new feature.
For the record, it is bad Facebook Etiquette to publicly bash people who Facebook ‘suggests’ you ‘friend’ or ‘reconnect with’. Enough said.
October 12, 2009 in Communication, Photos | Tags: Awkward, Comment, Communication, Confuse, Credibility, Etiquette, Facebook, Friend, Messages, Photos, Post, Relationship, Status Updates, Tag, Wall | Leave a comment
I write this post knowing that I will seem hypocritical. I am going to tell you that it is crucial to keep your profile up-to-date, the irony comes into play when you look at the break between this post and my last Facebook Etiquette post. My bad blog etiquette aside, it is important to remain consistent with your Facebook presence.
I realize that not everyone visits Facebook multiple times per day, but it is important to respond to ‘wall posts, ‘messages’, and ‘invites’ in a timely fashion. If you do not respond to a ‘wall post’ with a ‘comment’ or a return ‘wall post’, it is considered rude. Often times messages do not require a response but when a message does, it is important to respond quickly. Responding to ‘event invites’ is always appreciated by the event organizers.
Updating your ‘status’ on a consistent basis is a great way of keeping your friends up-to-date on your life happenings. Today on Facebook, it is more common for one to ‘comment’ on a ‘status update’ rather than create an original ‘wall post’.
Checking Facebook often will also help you to keep up on who has a birthday coming up.
This link will take you to the “Top Ten Facebook Etiquette Rules”. The rules listed in this article pertain to relationships, past relationships and friending.
My take on Facebook ‘Relationship Status’ is that I would never put a relationship on Facebook, unless I was pretty confident in it. My reason for this is, removing your status can be pretty dramatic and it’s drama that I don’t need to deal with.
Being malicious in life or on Facebook isn’t really my style either, so pay attention to the difference between a ‘wall post’ and a ‘message’. Take into consideration who has access to the things you put on Facebook.
When posting items to a friend’s ‘wall’ or sending a ‘message’, proper English still applies. I understand that writing a quick note on Facebook may not always be a professional piece of writing but please, use proper letter casing.
Writing a ‘message’ in all lower-case letters gives the reader the impression that you did not put very much time, or effort, into the ‘message’.
Writing in all capital letters creates a few issues. 1. A block of all capital letters is very difficult to read. 2. Capital letters denote excitement or anger. 3. Over-emphasis on an entire message annoys the reader.
Receiving too many ‘messages’ is annoying. Receiving messages that strain your eyes is downright frustrating.