I’ve written at length about bad ways to use Facebook. And yet the topic seems to constantly generate new material. How could a tool that brings us so much joy also bring us so much aggravation? Anyway, here are a few more things you should add to your “never do on Facebook” list. (Hat tip to all those who contributed ideas to my post on the subject on Facebook. It’s an entertaining read, and while you’re there, if we haven’t connected, I hope you’ll send me a friend request.)
- Send a private message to everyone you know at once. Nothing makes you feel all warm and fuzzy like a form letter. If you really have a Group message, use your Group, Page, or an opt-in newsletter. There is no need for privacy if you’re sending it to the world.
- Reply to a message that someone has sent to a million people. Even if I have deleted the original it Just. Won’t. Go. Away.
- Chain posts…”Post this as your status update if you believe/hope/want/love…” This includes the suggestion that if you don’t you’re a really horrible person who DOESN’T believe/hope/want/love…
- The same thing you’ve posted on Twitter. Your auto-feed is killing me, guys.
- Posting the same thing over and over again. Especially your business messages. At least change it up a little, guys.
- Posting the same thing to your personal profile and Facebook Page. (Um, one more reason you may want to rethink that Page if that’s all you can do. It’s about relationships people!)
- STATUS UPDATES IN ALL CAPS. (Stop shouting at me! I can hear you fine!)
- Join my team! Buy my stuff! (Sorry but no post about bad stuff on Facebook is complete without this one.)
- Curse words. Just don’t.
- Asking/Inviting multiple times. Keep a list people! Don’t be lazy and just invite everyone again.
This is, of course, just a partial list. Need more? Here’s 10 Things You Should Never Post on Facebook and 9 Things You Should Never Post to Your Social Networks.
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Part 2 – Public Service Announcements
And on a completely different topic, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Adopt a Shelter Pet month. I want to share just a few facts about both of these important issues.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55.
Yay for football players wearing pink! (They really looked good this Sunday, and now I desperately NEED a Giants cap with pink accents…yes, I’m a NY fan…don’t judge me…) I encourage you to participate in breast cancer awareness fundraising activities this month. Start here.
And related to Adopt a Shelter Pet month…
- If just one in three people opted to adopt rather than buy, NO adoptable dogs would need to be euthanized for lack of a home.
- Sure, shelters and rescue groups charge adoption fees, but you can easily find a pet who has been vaccinated, spayed or neutered and, quite often, trained. If you were to pay for those services yourself, you’d spend much more. (And those fees mean more dogs may just find a good home.)
Here’s my former shelter dog.
To find your new best friend, start here. (I did.) And if you want to share a link to a picture of your favorite former shelter pet, feel free to share a link in the comments.
Would love to hear your thoughts on any of these topics in the comments below!