1. Over posting
We love pictures of your kids. (We really do. Especially babies.) But if I know exactly what you did all day, then you have definitely gone too far. Posting a new picture, status update or article every hour or gets to be a little bit much.
Remember, less is more. One post a day is just fine. Two is definitely acceptable. Before you post three or more times, consider waiting until another day.
You can be proud of your outfit and the way you look, but when you post a highly filtered selfie every day it displays a lack of self-confidence.
Your friends are here to help and validate you. (That’s what we’re here for, right?) But please, keep the selfies to a minimum. Believe me, your friends will keep letting you know that you’re gorgeous (because frankly, you are).
3. Be real
We want to cheer for you, your family, and your successes. Sharing joy is just another great aspect of social media.
But, nobody’s life is perfect. Don’t be afraid to be your true self online. Share the good moments, and let people support you during the hard ones. Facebook is a great place to get support during difficult times.
Nothing feels better than knowing someone else is going through the same thing as you.
4. Inappropriate content
Please keep the trash off of the internet. Don’t post pictures or articles that someone would be embarrassed to see, or they would be embarrassed for their children or boss to see on their computer.
There is nothing worse than scrolling through your feed and having to block someone for posting pornographic selfies or going off on an explicit rant.
5. Name calling
Everyone appreciates a good debate, and Facebook is an excellent platform to share your thoughts and opinions — but please, please, please don’t get sucked in to useless name calling.
Let’s face the facts: No two people are going to have the exact same opinions and beliefs on every subject. Just because someone thinks differently, doesn’t mean they are a bigot, uninformed or dumb.
If you’re going to have at it in the comments, make sure you are respectful, kind and prudent. If they sink to low levels, you don’t need to join them. Know when to stop and protect your reputation.
6. Cryptic status updates
Posts like, “I can’t believe that just happened” with no follow up are annoying and appropriate only for angsty teenagers. Be real with your friends and family — and don’t write posts just to get follow-up questions that give you unnecessary amounts of attention. If someone has to ask, “what happened?” then your post is too cryptic.