Facebook and Family: Is there a protocol?
Have you ever read a post on a friend or family member's Facebook wall and cringed? Did your relative tag that photograph of you stuffing your mouth full of birthday cake so that everyone connected to you on Facebook can see it? Trust me, it has happened to all of us who are on that popular social media forum known as Facebook.
According to recent statistics, there are over 140 million Facebook users in the U.S. alone. This means--love it or hate it--chances are that you are affected by Facebook even if you aren't signed up for it. People across the world--from grandmas to preschoolers--are showing up on Facebook, so protecting your family information is more important than ever.
But when it comes to Facebook and your family, is there a protocol for posting? Remember these simple tips so that sister Sue (and everyone else) doesn't disown--or defriend--you (which is way worse than being disowned).
1. Save the drama with your mama...for face to face. If you have a beef with one of your family members, it's probably not appropriate to air the dirty laundry and make snide comments on Facebook. You might be upset, but attacking your family member on Facebook makes you look way worse than the other person. Take it offline, people. We don't want to see it, no matter how badly the other person hurt you. Trust me on this one.
2. Sharing isn't always caring. Is Auntie Annabelle going on vacation to Aruba for 3 weeks? Don't wish her well on Facebook. If she hasn't mentioned it online, then she probably doesn't want everyone to know that her house will be sitting empty for weeks.
3. Don't play tag. You may think that photo of your sister's polka dot underwear showing through her white pants is funny, but she won't. Don't make it a practice to tag people in photographs unless they have given you permission to do so. Once you tag someone in a photo it not only shows up on their wall, but also in their Facebook photo album. You don't want to have to explain yourself at family reunions. Awkward. Instead, send the photo or album to them in a private Facebook message and allow them to tag themselves.Continued on the next page