Facebook has been available to the majority of us for almost ten years. In that time, lots of social media mishaps, awkward photos and status updates have come and gone (who remembers writing statuses in third person? “Peggy is: ________”), but there are a few social media faux pas that have stood the test of time. Are you still committing these digital blunders? Compare your most recent posts to our list:
1. Sharing content without crediting the owner
This one drives anyone who cares about avoiding plagiarism crazy. Lots of memes floating around out on the web have ripped off lines from poets, authors and songwriters. Stop the madness – make sure you always know and credit your source.
2. Sharing information that is simply not accurate
Early in January a friend on Facebook shared this post:
“According to Good Morning America, Not a hoax! Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s post and award 1000 people with $4.5 million Each as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection.”
First of all, if anyone did a quick Google search, they’d realize that of course Good Morning America did NOT cover this story, nor did any other major news network. Alas, too many simply see a post like this one and trust it as fact. Before you post anything that sounds even slightly hokey or doesn’t credit its source, check out Snopes.com. Chances are they’ve already debunked your “NOT A HOAX” post as just that – a hoax.
Another common faux pas we see is when folks attribute a quote to the wrong person:
Yeah. Abraham Lincoln didn’t say that.
This one’s easy. Don’t like every photo in an album that your niece posted of her college friends. Don’t comment and ask which one she’s dating. Just don’t.
4. Promoting your business from your personal page
This one is a major faux pas that will lose you Facebook friends faster than you can say “free makeover.” Facebook has many helpful options for entrepreneurs to promote themselves, from business-specific pages to paid advertisements that appear in news feeds. But using your own personal Facebook account to announce sales and recruit new customers from your family and friend base is a big no-no. Keep your personal page free of overt sales and recruiting and leave it your company’s Facebook page. Your family and close friends will thank you.
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