Guidelines for Facebook Users

caution robot_facebookContinuing with our theme of  technology manners and proper digital behavior in general, I looked for some tips that could be useful for Facebook users.  Below are some of the highlights I found at

Do yourself a favor and check out the full post at your next opportunity.  In the meanwhile keep these ideas in mind.

  1. Present a true/ FILTERED – representation of yourself. Remember strangers are included in this digital space.  Refrain from bashing your ex, bosses, or others who have irritated you in the past.  REMAIN NEUTRAL!.
  2. BE CAUTIOUS who you accept and send friend requests to.  If you share pictures, or other personal information be aware that those items could be shared with the entire world.
  3. Facebook was devised to bring out everyone’s inner narcissistic demons. Be sure to tame the beast with careful moderation.
  4.  Keep it a mystery. Everyone loves a mystery. Keep your posts short and sweet with concise, thoughtful words. Avoid rants and ramblings.
  5. Purge. If you’ve collected a large Facebook following in the form of friends from your past but would rather not have them in your present, purge them.
  6. If you’re going to be dishonest, don’t get caught on Facebook. There are no laws against lying but just because you can, does not mean you should. If you must lie, be careful not to get caught on Facebook.

purple starBelow is  another great site to use for Facebook Manners:

This blog is composed as a guide to life; how the simplest of pleasures can become so hideously complex once they are mixed into our various daily activities. Why not just log off? Why not indeed? Perhaps because that ‘friend’ from those old school days has just got back in touch (I wonder what s/he’s doing now?), your father knows more about your life than is healthy and insists on writing on your Wall, or you live in a small radius of a wealth of interesting neighbours and yet none are your friends on Facebook…

So whilst we are all hooked up, plugged in and tuned out to technology, some things do not change. So it is here that the everyday machinations of what to do, when to do it and how/not to appropriately stay in touch are drawn together. If you are not suitably attune to etiquette, then you are not operating at full capacity to be a more comfortable, pleasant and happy person. via About this site | Proper Facebook Etiquette.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Facebook Privacy Settings Review


The hacking of e-mail accounts seems to be on the rise.  Just recently, the Bush family email accounts were hacked. Family photos of senior Bush,  phone numbers, and other images were among the personal items that were divulged. While the Secret Service is investigating the hacking of e-mail accounts belonging to the Bush family, we want to take notice of what our personal vulnerability could be, and do our best to protect information we do not want to share publicly with the Internet.

A recent New York Times, FaceBook article reviewed the importance of knowing how to protect your privacy – that is what ‘others’ see – you  post to your account.  Nowadays,marketers want to advertise to Facebook users. The new Facebook search tool provides that access.  For example, by default, search engines can link to your timeline. However, this function can be turned off. If you haven’t checked your account since December 2012, below is a summary of some things you may want to check soon.

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1)    Who can see my stuff

2)    Activity log ( posts, pictures) look at the original posts settings & likes.

3)    If you have  posts or photos in your timeline that concern you “unlike” or “delete ” it.

4)    Decide how much of your identity you would like to share, then go to your profile page, click “About Me” and decide what you want to be visible in your timeline, such as your birthdate.

5)    If you mind being tracked by advertisers, there are tools which can help you block trackers  (e.g Abine, Disconnect Me).

6)    If Facebook is showing you Ads you would rather not see, hover over the x and choose from the drop down menu – select hide this ad.

  • You can read more details at:

  • To find out more about Do not track software –click these links:

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I hope this is helpful.  See you at the next post 🙂


Hi Facebook Boomers,

On Twitter this week i noticed an interesting NYT article by Nick Bilton ,

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings to Enable Facial Recognition. 

I think you might want to be aware of the following changes to your Facebook accounts.  These are some of the highlights in the article:

  1. Facebook recently began changing its users privacy settings to automatically turn on a facial recognition feature that detects a user’s face in an image.
  2. Once the person’s face is detected, the Web site then encourages Facebook friends to tag them.
  3. Facebook also doesn’t give users the option to avoid being tagged in a photo; instead, people who don’t want their name attached to an image must untag themselves after the fact.
  4. You can change the privacy settings relating to the facial recognition feature, but it is a little confusing.
  5. If you want to disable the feature, you have to access your account privacy settings  and click “customize settings” at the bottom of the page.  Scroll down to a list called “things to share”
  6. Click on the button that says “suggest photos of me to friends”.
  7. At this point you will receive the option to disable the facial recognition feature.

This is a great resource for technology news.

You can follow Nick Bilton on Twitter @nickbilton