Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Social Networking: 5 Facbook Tips

Alright, so I myself am not a Facebook nerd (I'm a Twitter nerd). I do use Facebook frequently though, as I have the android app.. which, to be honest, sucks. Most people think automatically of "Drama" when they think of Facebook. I have experienced drama through Facebook, and it is not fun. However, I've learned a few tricks in avoiding Facebook drama, while also just making your Facebook experience as much fun as possible.

You Don't Need Hundreds of Friends

Okay, so why do some people think it is necessary to have hundreds and hundreds of friends on Facebook? Chances are, most of your friends on Facebook you actually talk to very rarely. I doubt we all have personal conversations with more than 10 or 15 people for day. Even casual conversations don't happen with more than 100 people per day. So why have so many friends on Facebook? Why do some people feel that it is necessary to have 600, 700, or even over 1000 friends? It doesn't make much sense to me, and of course, it would be hard to manage your news feed with hundreds of people updating their statuses. So, be conservative with your Facebook friends. You want hundreds of 'friends', get on Twitter.

Don't Use EVERY Facebook App!

Many Facebook apps seem very attractive and very entertaining. Some of them really are. I personally like to see who likes/comments on my statuses the most. I like to pass my time playing certain games on Facebook. However, don't use every Facebook app you run into! A lot of Facebook apps ask to post on your wall for you. Sometimes you'll see one of your friends update a status with "Look what this father did to his daughter after this this and that happened!" and you wonder... what the h***, that's a dumb looking status. Well, it is dumb, and half the time the link doesn't lead you to anything but marketing campaigns that are trying to steal your money. Of course, these are automated posts, where a Facebook app acquires access to your account (via your permission) and just posts the stupidest things. Facebook apps, while they can be entertaining, can clog up your wall with dumb, minimally productive items that can cause unwanted headaches.

You Post It, You Deal With It

I absolutely hate when people complain about the attention they get on Facebook. Sure, sometimes you'll have that one person who is CONSTANTLY trying to get your attention via chat or inbox messages or even wall posts. But some people decide that having people asking them questions on their statuses is annoying. Well, if you post something on your status, chances are, if others see it as interesting, you'll get a reply! Usually, the personal problems that you are dealing with are interesting to others. It creates a sort of 'spice' in another person's life. People like gossip, whether you're male or female. Therefore, if you have something to say, but don't want to deal with others' comments, don't post it.

Personalize Your Profile As Much As Possible

One thing I do like about Facebook is the ability to give out as much information about you as you can possibly manage. Of course, too much of anything is a bad thing, but if you manage yourself the right way, personalizing your Facebook profile can be very entertaining. One thing I do recommend, however; do NOT put your address on your profile unless your page is business related. If your Facebook page is a personal one that is all about you (which most are) then don't place your address on your profile where your hundreds of friends (if you didn't listen to the first tip) can see it. Phone numbers are acceptable, as long as you are okay with receiving random calls/texts from random people at random times. And of course, there's your relationship status. This could be complicated, as everyone can see it. If you're okay with that, then go ahead and customize it! There is so much you can share about yourself on Facebook, just be sure that you actually want everyone to see the information you share.

Be Yourself!

The last tip: Be Yourself! There's nothing that a person doesn't dislike more than a fake person. This applies to social networking the same way it applies to the real world. Don't pretend to be someone else, because that could get you into legal problems, etc., which is another completely different issue. Don't try to change your personality, because it will be more stress than it is worth. Just be yourself! Don't be so hung up on trying to get others to like you. If they don't like you for who you are, then they probably aren't worth a lot of your attention.

Be sure to #Staytuned for more updates. I will be typing up an article soon on Twitter usage with the same format of this one. Of course, that one will likely be more in-depth than this one, as I am a Twitter-freak. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!

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