10 Things I Wish People Knew on Facebook

Ah, Facebook. We find ourselves there daily, catching up on the latest from our friends, sharing info about our businesses…so much to do! Yet with all the changes we constantly find on Facebook, as well as the crowds, there are times I find myself thinking, “I wish people knew that….” I decided to share my list of these with you today. Would love to hear what you would add!

  1. I wish people knew that when you send an email to a whole group of people, they receive a notification every single time someone replies. (ARGH.) Fortunately, Facebook has recently added a “leave conversation” option, but not everyone knows it’s there.
  2. I wish people knew that Events are not the place to post things that are not events.
  3. I wish people knew they’ll only see updates from all their friends and Pages if they scroll to the bottom of the News Feed, click “Edit Option,” and then choose “All of your friends and Pages.”
  4. I wish people knew that when you add folks to a Group, they get spammed with constant notifications of every single thing that happens in that Group until they turn it off. You should never add someone to a Group without permission.
  5. I wish people knew that they can (and should!) include their businesses on the Info tab of their Profile.
  6. I wish people knew that business Pages are for business messages. Not Profiles. To set up a Page, navigate to any other Page on Facebook, scroll to the bottom of the left column, and choose “Create a Page.”
  7. I wish people knew that a steady stream of ads is not effective on a Profile OR a Page. You have to be valuable if you want people to pay attention.
  8. I wish people knew that you have to type http:// in front of any link you share on Facebook if you want people to be able to click it.
  9. I wish people knew that it’s good manners to send a personal note with a Friend Request, especially if the person you’re sending it to doesn’t know you.
  10. I wish people knew that not everyone shares their political views and when you say them in a way that says you think you’re right and everyone else is wrong, you turn people off.

So what would you add to my list?

18 Responses to 10 Things I Wish People Knew on Facebook
  1. Lalia Harris
    May 13, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    I wish that people would clearly identify who they are on their business pages and their blogs… And do it at the top, in the header or in the top of the sidebar (blogs). I truly dislike having to click on their website to see who they are.

  2. Tanya Johnson
    February 20, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Totally agree with point number 2! How am I supposed to respond to an invitation to give you my phone number because you lost your phone? Argh!
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  3. Shereen
    August 25, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    My pet peeve is when people use their business pages to tell people all their personal stuff. Unless it is relevant to what you are selling me, I don’t need to see your new hairdo.
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  4. Barbara holm
    May 6, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    How do I add an Info Tab on my profile? Thanks

  5. Robbie Schlosser
    April 26, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    Hey, what am I doing here? I should be working! And I wish people knew how much time they diddle away on Facebook. Maybe Facebook could create a “timer” button, where we could set a limit of, say 10 minutes at a session. Hmmmm… Maybe WE could set a limit ourselves. Just a thought.

  6. Sandy Moore
    April 26, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    My Facebook group is open to all marketers to share their blog and valuable information to my readers.

    The definition of valuable information is very different for many people.

    Speaking of valuable information … thanks for sharing Jennifer
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  7. Catherine James
    April 26, 2011 | 8:46 am

    Great List, But one thing that I hate, is when someone post in the group TAKE ME OFF THIS IMMEDIATELY, they can just go to the top of the group page and edit their settings themselves. As with the number of posting that some groups have, it may never be seen by the group owner.

  8. Julienne Schaeffer
    April 26, 2011 | 8:24 am

    I wish people realized that not everyone wants to have their wall filled with You Yube videos of someone else’s favorite music videos. I know how to get to You Tube. If you think your friends just have to watch your favorite music videos, just list them. Your friends can go there and watch them if they feel the need to watch them. I have blocked several people after having 10 videos posted in a row show up on my wall!

  9. Nivia L. Di Vincenzo
    April 26, 2011 | 7:35 am

    I’m not a huge fan of being tagged in random things!

  10. Rheda Wilson-Duff
    April 25, 2011 | 9:12 pm

    I just thought of something else. I hope you don’t mind if I share.
    RE: facebook: I would love to see EVERY business person have a link to their website, blog or facebook page publicly visible on their profiles. It’s so sad to see so many Direct Sales professionals not have ANY reference to the business they represent. This is essential, especially if I’m NOT on your friends list. Personally, I choose not to have a lot of consultants that represent the same product I sell on my personal profile. However, I do want EVERYONE to know what product I sell.

  11. Kris Jordan
    April 25, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    I found out about #1 in an awful way. I thought I was replying privately to my sister and it posted to everyone in the original email. It was very embarrassing information that I would only talk about with my sister. Ooops! Won’t make that mistake again!

    I’d also like to add that when posting to a business page, use correct grammar, punctuation and not a ton of !!!. I’m a terrible speller, but I have a tool called Spell Check 🙂

    Thanks for your post.

    • Tanya Johnson
      February 20, 2012 | 4:06 pm

      This is one of my pet peeves on Facebook too! I understand that not everyone can spell correctly, but in a business setting, even on Facebook, I think it’s important to be presented professionally! The odd mistake is understandable, but when you can hardly read the status update because of spelling errors – that’s a big no-no! At the very least, use commas and full stops, otherwise it’s just a long list of words, some of which aren’t even spelled right! Very frustrating, and also very off-putting!
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  12. Rheda Wilson-Duff
    April 25, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Business pages are a huge issue. I monitor mine daily but some allow spam to be posted that goes unchecked. I do wish we were able to get notifications when someone comments or posts on our pages. I know I can use a different browser and use facebook as my page to accomplish this.
    Again, I want to tell you that I have hit a gold mine by finding your blog!

    • NooraK
      April 25, 2011 | 1:14 pm

      When you log in as a page, you can see notifications, and I think you can get email notices now, too. You can also use http://www.hyperalerts.com to get notifications of items posted to your Page.

    • Shereen
      August 25, 2011 | 1:52 pm

      You can get alerts when someone posts to your fan page. I have that turned on for mine. If it’s something time sensitive (since I run a budget travel page and people often ask me questions about deals or where they are going), I can reply right to the email and it posts.
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  13. Jodi Truscott
    April 25, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Another pet peeve: Religious posts on Fan Pages! Businesses “forget” that not every fan may subscribe to their particular religion. So, while a “Happy Easter” is perfectly fine, a “Jesus Has Risen” may not be appropriate for all. Business + religion do not mix.

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