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How to Write Better Status Updates on Facebook

Take your status updates from lame to LOL with these simple steps.


  • Step 1: Ask questions Entice people with questions. Ask for advice or recommendations on anything from the mundane to the absurd. People love to give their opinion.
  • TIP: Remember that your status updates go out to many people; keep it clean.
  • Step 2: Mention what you should be doing Write about what you should be doing instead of updating on Facebook. This not only lets people know what you're doing, it gives them something to relate to: using Facebook as a colossal time-suck.
  • Step 3: Don't use inside jokes Avoid inside jokes. Not everyone in your network has to understand your sense of humor, but eighth-grade nicknames and made-up words will endear you to no one.
  • Step 4: Be mysterious Conjure an air of mystery. Post an update that demands an explanation, and you'll have your friends begging for more.
  • TIP: If you go mystery, make sure your explanation isn't tedious.
  • Step 5: Beware of babies Use baby-related posts sparingly. Their nap times and bodily functions are of little interest to anyone but you.
  • Step 6: Make it easy Don't try too hard. Status updates should be short bursts of brilliance – the less you think about them, the better they'll be.
  • FACT: More than 30 million Facebook users update their statuses at least once a day.

You Will Need

  • A computer with internet access
  • A Facebook account
  • Wit

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