Some people really annoy me on Facebook. What’s some basic Facebook etiquette?

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A. I am so glad you realize that social media platforms are not a free-for-all, say whatever you want without repercussions space. Sure, we have Freedom of Speech, but as you know, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’

So, now that we’ve invoked Spiderman, let’s look at the first rule.

1. The number one rule of Facebook etiquette is the same rule for all etiquette: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Yep. The Golden Rule.


The number two rule of Facebook etiquette is also the same as all other etiquette.

2. Ask yourself if you’re annoying other people, before you judge others as annoying you.

Just something to keep in mind as we go through a few more things to remember so that you don’t become the Facebook Etiquette Gestapo.

3. Do not write in all caps. One word if you’re really hyper, excited, angry, etc., is permissible here and there, but otherwise do not hit that caps lock key. Using all capital letters in Internet-speak means you are yelling at someone. Don’t do it. If you need to yell at someone, call them or send them a private message.

4. Don’t get creative with spellings of the English language. Writing like you might in a text message is rude. Then again, I’m biased. I think using texting speak in texts is rude.

5. Be positive. Don’t hang out all your baby mama drama, rant about your boss, lament the moral crisis of your neighbor’s last drama on Facebook. Don’t bring your lover’s quarrels to Facebook. Sure, you should be real. Real, edited. Try to end on a positive note. While “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” might go too far, keep it in mind anyways. And if you do mention the negatives, then balance it out. Make sure you post more positive things that bad things.

Three things to never post on Facebook:

•kids custody issues,

•airing grievances about your significant other and

•crimes, including public intoxication, that you have committed.

6. If someone posts something about a recent news event or something else that you could do a web search for, then for heaven sakes use Google. Don’t ask. If you want to know their specific take on the issue, then ask that, but not general info. In real life conversation, most of us would just smile and nod if someone mentioned something we knew nothing about as others conversed. Social media makes people think, for some reason, they can interupt that and ask obvious questions.

7. You don’t have to comment on everything.

8. Don’t be a jerk on someone else’s wall, and don’t allow people to be jerks on yours. People have the right to control their wall, like they would their home. Freedom of Speech applies to the government, not someone’s home or Facebook wall.

9. Photos: Don’t post pictures of other people’s kids without asking.

10. Do not download other people’s photos without asking or to post on your own wall.