Facebook Commenting: Do’s and Don’ts
Facebook recently launched a commenting feature that allows users to embed videos, photos and web links in comments just by including a URL. The comment will include a video player, a thumbnail of a photo, or a brief overview of the website being linked to. The preview can be removed with a simple click. With that in mind, it’s time for a refresher course on the do’s and don’ts of Facebook commenting.
Don’t Be A Stalker: Signs of a stalker include constant notifications, strange and relentless instant messages, and commenting on very old photos. It doesn’t matter how good they looked, it’s a bit creepy to comment on that revealing poolside photo from five years ago if you’ve been friends for a while.
Do Show Restraint: Facebook is a place where too many people vent their frustrations. Do you really want everyone to know how much you hate it when your cat ignores you? That’s probably because it’s a cat. When it comes to commenting, show some restraint. Let’s say you were cropped out of a friend’s photo. Instead of going off the deep end, just ignore it. If you must get revenge, try something like “Well, you cut out the best part of this picture.”
Don’t Be Illiterate: There is a fine line between disregarding some vowels in text-speak and being grammatically pathetic. Read a book and maybe they won’t delete your comment next time.
Do Contribute To The Conversation: If someone posts something meaningful or thought-provoking, don’t deliberately post something off-topic or ignorant just to get a rise out of people.
Don’t Hijack Someone’s Status: Don’t use someone’s status as a battlefield. It makes the person who posted the status and everyone else involved uncomfortable. If you feel the need for a political argument, start your own thread with that person, preferably in private.
Do Show Support: It’s fine to back someone’s opinion up. It’s not fine to like everyone’s comments because you don’t like to take sides. It confuses everyone and you look fake.