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How many of your friends and family members’ birthdays do you know? By ‘know’, I mean date and age off the top of your head. The number is embarrassingly low, or at least mine is. I keep my close friends’ and family members’ birthdays in my planner but I’ll admit that I know many of my friends’ birthdays solely because of Mark Zuckerberg. What did we do before Facebook? Forget?

This is a follow-up post to my Facebook Birthdays post because Facebook has added an extra feature. They now send “Facebook Birthday Reminders for the Week of ___” and this is stellar. However, you now have added pressure to remember these birthdays. You can no longer say you missed someone’s birthday because you didn’t go on Facebook on their given day.

If you have friends equipped with funny bones, I recommend sending someecards. Often.


This article, by Mark Walsh, is about brands transitioning their ‘fan pages’ to storefronts.

‘”Social media is rapidly becoming a critically important vehicle for talking with our customers. Now, with our new iFanStore, we’ve opened up an entirely new sales channel for our seasonal, specialty blends,” said Helen Russell, CEO and co-founder of San Rafael, Calif.-based Equator, in a statement.’

The one thing this article doesn’t mention is the Facebook Marketplace. People have always connected on Facebook. Over time, people started connecting to their favorite brands on Facebook. People also started buying, selling and trading things on the Facebook Marketplace. It would have surprised me if these actions did not converge.

After giving it some thought, I am okay with brands using Facebook as a point of sale. I just hope that those brands don’t lose sight of Facebook’s roots – their first job is to connect with their consumers. Quality interactions with their fans will gain more sales in the end.

‘”What’s often ignored is whether the commercialization of Facebook will hurt its social feel,” said Shiv Singh, vice president and global social media lead at Razorfish.

He suggested that e-commerce activities should be presented in ways that don’t intrude on the conversational flow of Facebook. The success of an e-commerce venture via a Facebook page also depends on the product being sold. “I wouldn’t buy a car from within Facebook but I might buy a T-shirt,” said Singh. Or a pound of coffee?’

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.

If The Real World Was Like Facebook: A user-created photo contest created by Cracked.

Because “Facebook is full of behavior that would get you punched in the real world.”

Check out this article, where a man and his wife update their Facebook ‘Relationship Status’ and Twitter Status from the altar.

“…Before these witnesses and more importantly, before Almighty God. I now pronounce you husband and wife, what God has joined together – let no one separate. (Man reaches for pocket and pulls out a mobile device.) Dana is updating his relationship status on Facebook. (Hands second device to wife.) As I was saying, I now pronounce you husband and wife. It’s official on Facebook, it’s official in my book. Dana, you may kiss your bride.” -The Minister


I am the biggest fan of ‘status updates’. I love Facebook and I love Twitter. However, TMI is TMI. There are ‘comments’ that scream “elephant in the room” and ‘status updates’ that whisper “awkward turtle”. Let’s try to keep those to a minimum.

“Facebook etiquette rule #853,653: Do not write the details of your miscarriage in your Facebook status.” -VanidYam, aka: Amy Davin.

Your ‘friends’ thank you in advance for following this rule.

[*The t-shirt above is available for purchase at this website.]

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.

On family road trips chaos always ensued.  Do you remember the “I’m not touching you” game? Let me refresh your memory, without actually making physical contact, one sibling makes a poking motion as close to another sibling as possible. If you’re on the receiving end, this game is annoying. This game is the live version of Facebook ‘poking’.

Facebook ‘poking’ is a strange phenomenon. The biggest issue with poking is that different people perceive it to mean different things, including but not limited to: joking, flirting or just saying hello. Personally, I would prefer for one to just make an actual joke, actually flirt (preferably in person) or actually say hello. This would avoid the drama of debating if I am going to ‘poke back’ or ‘remove’ the poke.

Also, if someone has a restraining order against you, I wouldn’t poke that person. Need a reason? Read this article.

This video is very well put-together, it illustrates the rules, that should never be violated, within Facebook ‘Relationships’.

I had no idea that typewriters and 50’s box cameras were so high tech. Good job Big Fuel!

Social Media is not a fad. This video has the facts to prove it.

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