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Best Practice Facebook Tips

Jan 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Tips

 Tips on what to do and avoid on Facebook

What do you need to know when setting up and using a Facebook account?  Here’s a list of tips that you might want to review, it could save you from possible embarrassment, a breakup between friends or lovers, or even worse, a missed or botched future opportunity in your career or life. The following tips are not prioritized in any order, they’re going to be updated periodically, and they are not set in stone but hopefully will generate some thinking ahead. This list is meant mostly for informational purposes, and as always we like to hear from our readers.

 Topics for discussion: 


  • Don’t Be Boring
  • People like to be entertained
  • Being social is about being fun
  • Involve your friends and give them the spotlight
  • Don’t be negative with remarks
  • Interact with friends, kick back and relax
  • Give praise and compliments
  • The social media buzzword is “engage.”
  • Start conversations by asking open-ended questions
  • Show the human side of yourself
  • Don’t push people to buy anything you are selling
  • Interact with your friends by engaging them with your topics
  • Don’t send what could be construed as stupid gifts or announcements


  • Tweak and change your password
  • Avoid simple passwords
  • A password should have at least eight characters
  • Insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word
  • Don’t authorize every App
  • Don’t mention that you’ll be away from home
  • Don’t advertise “no one’s home” sign on your door
  • Only upon returning, mention how awesome your getaway was
  • Be vague about the date of any trip
  • Don’t leave your full birth date in your profile
  • Too much personal information is ideal target for identity thieves
  • Don’t overlook useful privacy controls
  • Limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself
  • Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information
  • Create group access to items such as photos
  • Block particular people from seeing certain information
  • Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address
  • Don’t let search engines find you
  • Limit only Friends for Facebook search results
  • Don’t check the box for public search results

 Word Choices:

  • Do not use profanity
  • Repercussions of being dissatisfied with your job
  • Know those hiring authorities are now checking posts
  • Do not be vulgar or sexual
  • Watch the type of language, conversations, and pictures
  • Parents might be on Facebook
  • Avoid posting threats on your wall (the gym, a good old diary or fluffy pillow works just as well)
  • Bigotry and racial opinions have absolutely no place on any medium or forum

Politics and Religion:

  • People can be divided along political lines
  • Politics is something that is very private
  • Political opinions can be offensive to others
  • Religion and politics are the two worst subjects to discuss
  • Some believe that religious beliefs do not belong in social networks

Family and Relationships

  • Commenting on break-ups and make-ups are very irritating to others
  • Resist talking about your pet all the time
  • Tag indiscriminately
  • Don’t complain about every ache and bump
  • Don’t post your child’s name in a caption
  • Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions
  • If others do tag, delete it by clicking on remove tag
  • If someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to removed
  • Don’t permit youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised
  • Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over
  • Providing oversight for your child’s account is to become one of their online friends
  • For your child’s account, use your e-mail address as the contact for their account
  • Receive your child’s notifications and monitor their activities

Friends, Coworkers, and Employers:

  • Buddy-buddy relationships often lead to some challenges
  • Remember the game of work politics never ends
  • Facebook screenshots might just come back to bite you
  • Friending your boss, this is a just a bad problem waiting to get bigger
  • It only takes one drunken poke (to alert someone on their home page) binge, enraged status, or a friend with poor tagging etiquette
  • Avoid having to police everything you post
  • Friend or Non-Friends is in the eye of the beholder
  • Don’t rant and rave
  • Don’t ignore a friend’s requests, respond

Business Promotional Posts:

  • Do not solely post and interact with your business
  • Interact with others and letting them learn a bit about you
  • Allow them the opportunity to trust you
  • Get your name out there and have it associated with your business
  • Get involved share a bit of yourself
  • Participate in other people’s statuses or notes
  • Don’t be put on an ignored list
  • Building your business is about building relationships, whether online or off
  • Do not hop into chat and announce your business specials
  • Un-friend to avoid any further spamming
  • Avoid messaging with ads via friend in-boxes
  • Too much selling and your message may be reported to Facebook as spam
  • Do not send out invites for business events to everyone on your friend list
  • Create different friend lists
  • Establish yourself as a leader in your industry
  • Provide knowledge, news, and information
  • It’s a good idea to promote yourself, but don’t overdo it

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