I think by now most of us are on Facebook, right? I feel like I am keeping up with my friends by reading their status updates. And I usually don’t put a status update unless I have something to say that’s worth reading. Although, there are people who I’ve had to hide on status updates because I’m just tired of reading everything they put on there. Here are some Facebook status etiquette. This is not directed at you, personally. It’s directed at the general public.
- Don’t tell me your health history and issues. Occasional, “I’m sick” posts is fine if you have something to say with it. Or if you have something major just came up like went to the hospital or birthed a baby sort of things are fine. What I don’t want to hear is how your back is hurting again today. Or you still haven’t taken care of that in-grown toenail. Or your migraine just won’t go away.
- Brag-a-thons. Yes, I get that you workout all the time. And you are losing weight faster than the people on Biggest Loser. And you are hanging with all your girlfriends and having the time of your life. And you go on all sorts of exotic trips. And your parents/husband buys you anything you want. And your children excel in all sports, dance, singing, and school. And you can craft up the wazoo and make every meal from scratch. We all get it.
- Day-to-day blah. I don’t need play-by-play update on what you are doing every 15 minutes of your life. “I’m waiting in line.” “I’m watching my child play with his toy.” “I made this for dinner and now I am eating it.” Or constant complaints about your life.
- Copy and paste. Don’t copy someone else’s post and paste it in your status. Especially if it says, “if you agree, copy and post it in your status.” I don’t care if it is supporting a cure for cancer and children in third world countries. If it means that much to you, I’m sure you can take the time to tell me why you care for that cause in your own words.
- Lies, or links to lies. Fact check something if you want to repost it or make sure the info or quote you are posting are accurate. That’s how spam works, something faulty made to sound true and passed around by the masses of those who don’t check the info they are forwarding to their friends and family.
- Personal funny experiences. I love it when people make me laugh with their status updates. You know, funny things kids say, mommy moments, that sort of stuff.
- Inspirational or positive thoughts. It can be quotes or thoughts you have about life or anything that’s up lifting. Let’s keep that coming.
- Major moments or announcements. Exciting announcements you want to share with others. You are moving, husband got a new job, children gradated from school, potty trained, pregnancies, you know, exciting things like that. Updates on your children are also fun.
- Life’s quirky moments. Interesting or unusual things that you have observed or happened to you. I have a friend who always has the craziest things happen to her.
- Links to interesting articles or things to reliable sources. It’s a great way to keep up with news or things happening in the world or topics that interests your friends and family. Share some of your beliefs and hobbies.
If you are on Facebook, make sure you follow Simply Modern Mom on Facebook so you can keep up with what’s going on. I am 400 away from 3,000 likes and would love to make it to 3,000 by the end of the year.