Should You Post That to Facebook? A Handy Guide

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Facebook can be a tricky place. Home to over-sharers and extroverts, the social network can get pretty weird for the rest of us. It seems as if no one ever asks, "Should I post this to Facebook?" before posting. To help, we've asked that question for you, along with reasons why you should--or shouldn't--publish that status update.

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"My daughter just put on the performance of her young life in the school play!"

Should you post about it on Facebook? NO

First and foremost, your daughter doesn't want you posting anything about her on Facebook. In fact, she doesn't even want you on Facebook. What are you doing there? Your mere presence is an embarrassment. Buy her a bouquet of flowers and weepily tell her "brava" after the show--at least that embarrassment will be confined to the school theater.

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"I just got promoted!"

Should you post about it on Facebook? NO

Congratulations, seriously. Now shut the hell up. You know what the reward of getting promoted is? Here's a hint: It's not likes and half-hearted congratulatory comments. It's more money. Take the cash and zip it.

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"My significant other and I just broke up."

Should you post about it on Facebook? NO

You're in a lose-lose situation here. On one hand, this is a torturous time for you and you feel like exploding in grief. On the other, any comments you make on Facebook will make everyone really uncomfortable. Go ahead and bottle those emotions up deep inside ... your Facebook friends will thank you.

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"I'm on vacation!"

Should you post about it on Facebook? NO

Don't worry, your friends know what the Eiffel Tower looks like.


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lex6m
lex6m

@villagevoice Yes definitely. Also a radio announcement and, if you can afford it, a TV spot is a good idea too.

revcharlesg
revcharlesg

Great advice all the way through! (Is it OK to post pictures of your new cat, kangaroo, marmoset, or whatever - as long as it's cute?)

Alix Brown
Alix Brown

Hear hear! I wish more people would adhere to these. Facebook would be so much better without babies, sports and animals.

melysamartinez
melysamartinez

I can't tell if this is sarcasm, as I disagree with all the points. WTF is Facebook for if not sharing joy with your friends and family? It's a great place to share links, but it's not meant to be an advocate's lounge, nor a place to boast how cool you are or how smart you are "HEY READ THIS LINK!" It's a blend of the personal sharing and the media shares that makes it so enjoyable. IMO.


Melysa Martinez
Melysa Martinez

I can't tell if this is sarcasm, as I disagree with all the points. WTF is Facebook for if not sharing joy with your friends and family? It's a great place to share links, but it's not meant to be an advocate's lounge, nor a place to boast how cool you are or how smart you are "HEY READ THIS LINK!"

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