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How to Follow Proper Facebook Etiquette

If your online reputation has suffered from bad manners, this guide will get you back on track and in the good graces of your fellow Facebook users.

Instructions

  • TIP: Keep children out of the pictures you post online, and don't list their names in your bio.
  • Step 1: Be polite and courteous at all times, whether sending a message to a friend or posting something on your wall. Follow these rules and you'll be a master of Facebook etiquette in no time.
  • FACT: More than 500 million people access Facebook everyday, 70 percent of whom are outside the United States.
  • Step 2: Post only neutral pictures of yourself -- vacation pics, pictures of you doing yard work or playing sports, or other benign images. Pictures from a night out at the bar, or even a risque Halloween costume may come back to haunt you.
  • Step 3: Avoid sending mass messages, or spam -- you may be clogging inboxes with unwanted mail. If you want to share something, post it on your wall.
  • Step 4: Accept friend requests only from people you know. If you find someone who shares similar interests, introduce yourself with a private message.
  • Step 5: Message friends privately when you need to communicate. Be careful what you post on their walls, as everyone will be able to see it.
  • TIP: Avoid updating your status or posting to people's walls if you're angry, upset, or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Step 6: Tweak your privacy settings by clicking on Account and then Privacy Settings from your Facebook page. Select preferences that allow only close friends and family to see the most intimate details of your life.

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