Here is a lesson in “net-iquette.” That is, the dos and don’ts of using social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. Here are some guidelines to consider, courtesy of MSNBC.com.
- Learn self-defense. Although you may have only intended for your Facebook friends to see those pictures from last Saturday’s party, if you’re not familiar with your privacy settings, there’s a chance that random strangers, who you don’t know, will ALSO see those pictures. So make sure that ONLY your friends can view your profile. It’s ok to delete someone’s comments on photos or your “wall” if they’re inappropriate. Just explain to your friends that you don’t want your boss seeing comments like “Vegas was great! I’ve never seen you act so crazy!” You can also ask them to remove any photos you don’t want the Facebook or Myspace world to see. On the same note, don’t post inappropriate comments on your FRIENDS’ walls. You don’t want to embarrass them in front of their grandma.
- There IS such a thing as “too much information.” So, think twice before declaring in your status message that your stomach is acting up after last night’s burrito. You probably wouldn’t shout this across a crowded room, but you’re basically doing the same thing by sharing this information with your 150 Facebook friends. So like we’ve always said, if you wouldn’t want the information displayed on a billboard in Times Square, DON’T share it on the internet! If you’re on Twitter, don’t “tweet” about your stomach problems, either.
- Don’t be creepy. If you break up with someone, DON’T check their profile every hour to see what their life is like without you. First of all, this is kind of stalker-ish, and secondly, if you spend all this time checking up on your ex, it’ll make it harder to get over the relationship. So don’t do it. It’s ok to block or “unfriend” your ex so you can move on – or if you don’t want them to see what’s on YOUR profile.