Today, I’d like to talk about Facebook Etiquette. We each have our own wall, page, and status. Each time I log onto Facebook, the robo program greets me with, “What’s happening Barbara?” or “How are you doing Barbara?” or “How’s it going Barbara?” The common thread in all of these questions are ‘Barbara.’ It’s designed to get an update about ME! I know that you receive similar prompts. It seems so simple, yet it isn’t. For some reason people think that a person’s personal status is a place to update information about THEM. It is for that reason that I decided to share what’s on my mind today, Facebook etiquette.
My STATUS, is MY status. YOUR status is YOUR status. I get to go to your page and see what you’re up to and you get to come to mind to find out what I’m up to. MY status is like my personal desk, home on the web, or brand. It reflects MY interests and values. I decide what goes on it. Each day it asks, ‘What’s on MY MIND? I share that information with like-minded folks like you who have befriended me. My goal for my site is to be diversity friendly, respectful, zero profanity, motivating, and to education on things that matter, uplift, and make us better.
Underneath each message is a place to COMMENT, SHARE, or LIKE. If you think it is something I’d be interested in, send me a private message and I will be notified. If it is of interest to my friends, I’ll share it.That is how we interact and I get to know what you feel about my topic. Please continue to do that. That’s how we communicate. So many of you do that now and I thank you and that makes Facebook a rewarding experience.
On my WALL I get to see the messages of those whom I have befriended. I love that. I can then choose to select those messages that resonate with me and put them on my wall. If you think it is something I’d be interested in, send me a private message and I will be notified. If it is of interest to my friends, I’ll share it. If you’ve got an event, thought, product, or service you think I’d be interested in, send me a private message and I will be notified. If it is of interest to my friends, I WILL share it.
MY status is a place to share with my unique friends. That remains my choice. Good etiquette means that people don’t decide what to put on MY status (without permission.) That’s what their status if for, to put the messages of their choice to create their own unique brand, style, and on-line personality. I get to see each of your interests, on-line personalities, and values on my wall or your status.
GROUPS AND PAGES
Next, we have GROUPS we can subscribe to that encourage us to post whatever we want. Each group has a vision, culture, and LIKE-MINDED people who are invited there because of their connections and like interests. And, finally we have PAGES to sell products, invite people to events, and to promote your brand. [NOTE: While it’s best to create a page for selling, you can in limited amounts share info ON YOUR OWN status to DIRECT PEOPLE TO YOUR PAGE, BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER SELL YOUR STUFF ON ANOTHER PERSON’S personal status page. It’s just not good etiquette. I’m learning like many of you. Hope this helps. Please share your FB Etiquette best practices and annoyances below.
I’m Barbara Talley, the poet who speaks and inspires. To find out more about me check out my promo sheet or visit my website.