Facebooking Moms

Facebooking Moms

Etiquette goes a long way.

Facebook is a part of most of our lives these days. It seems the more the site invades our privacy, makes inconvenient changes, and becomes a hotbed of scams, the more hooked we are on it. Net etiquette is still in its fledging status, it seems, since Facebook seems to bring out the worst in otherwise pleasant people.

  1. Not everyone play “Farmville” and similar. Constant status updates requesting game help from your buddies can clog a news feed quickly. Take advantage of the Groups feature so you and your friends who do play a game can post to your hearts content without clogging up your non-player friend lists.

  2. TMI is TMI, even on Facebook. Some status updates belong in a message. Your friends list at large does not want to hear about your hemorrhoids, sexual prowess or nose picking fetish. If you wouldn't yell it out in a crowded shopping mall, don't yell it out on Facebook.

  3. Keep it readable. Spelling and grammar errors occur, but don't try to misspell or overly use text-speak to look cute. You will give everyone over the age of 13 a migraine. Also, avoid all caps or cute typing techniques, like capitalizing every other letter. It is annoying and rude.

  4. On this same note, don't turn into the grammar police. Typos and honest mistakes will occur. Posting corrections on everyone's status updates doesn't make you look witty, it makes you look like an ass.

  5. Monitor your kids. This is a serious one for safety. Let your child know they must be on your friends list. It's also a good idea to make it a rule that you have access to their password. I'm not telling you to snoop on your kids. Let them know you will do periodic checks, no reason to be secretive about it.

  6. Now, once your child is on your friend list you need to behave yourself a bit. Be a model of the online behavior you want your child to emulate.