Facebook Questions and Faux Pas

5 Facebook Questions and Social Media Faux Pas

By Staff Writer
In April 15, 2014

Last month I wrote a blog on 5 Twitter Questions and Social Media Faux Pas which triggered several additional questions about other platforms, specifically Facebook. So, in this post I am revealing 5 common Facebook questions and faux pas my network is interested in learning about. For most people, Facebook is either a blessing or a curse. Often, that’s due to users’ lack of knowledge about Facebook’s many notification and personalization features. But it’s also largely due to the fact that many people just don’t know how to use it properly. They wrongly assume that Facebook is the place to vent frustrations, post what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner or to Like everything that says “Like This.” Not so. When used appropriately, Facebook is a great way to connect with long-lost friends, curate opinions and ideas and even network with influential people.

So without further ado, here are 5 Facebook questions and social media faux pas:

  1. When you unfriend someone and you share common friends, do you show up in their “Suggested Friends” list?
  2. Everyone has that friend or family member on Facebook that abuses their social media privileges, flooding your Newsfeed with inappropriate content or overshares. If you unfriend them, Facebook does not notify the user, but there is a pretty good chance that if you have many friends in common, you will reappear in their “Suggested Friends” list. If you want to suppress posts from a particular person or page, you can utilize Facebook’s ‘”Hide All” or “I don’t want to see this” features.

  3. Are there ways for people to find out that I have seen their friend request and ignored it?
  4. When you choose to “ignore” a friend request from someone, Facebook does not notify the user, but you may show up in their suggested friends list which could alert them to the fact that you did ignore their request. The user can also send you another friend request in the future. However, if you decide to take no action when someone sends you a friend request, they will not be able to send you another request. The difference is that whenever your profile appears to them in a search–or anywhere else on Facebook–it will say that you are a pending friend request until you decide to accept or ignore them. To accept or not to accept is your decision.

  5. Why do I get notified when other people comment on my friends’ photos?
  6. Facebook has a new setting that keeps you informed about what’s happening with the content you interact with. So, most likely you commented on your friend’s photo or status update first, and by commenting you are telling Facebook you enjoyed it so much that you wanted to interact with it. Facebook wants to keep you in the loop about what other people are saying in case you have a rebuttal to a debate going on, or have something to add based on someone else’s comment. If you find these notifications annoying, especially if you say congrats on a friend’s recent wedding photo only to receive 15 notifications from others congratulating them too, have no fear. There is a way to turn these off. Each time you receive one of these third party notifications in Facebook, you can hover over the right side of the notification update to make an “X” appear, which allows you to “turn off” all notifications about a specific post.

    How to Hide Facebook Notifications

    You have to turn off notifications on a post-by-post basis. So if you’re interested in staying in the loop on a heated debate about who will win the bachelor’s heart, you can keep those notifications coming. But you can also turn off the “she is so cute” comments flooding your notifications box about a close friend’s baby photo. (You’re welcome!)

  7. How you can tell if it’s really “X” company’s page or “X” celebrity on Twitter and not a fake?
  8. Both Twitter and Facebook have “Verified Accounts ” which makes it easier to find highly-sought -after celebrities, athletes, brands, musicians and political figures. Many people create parody accounts that pretend to represent famous figures. But, in reality, they are just some average Joe having fun. So how do you distinguish between the real and the fake? When searching for a celebrity, let’s say Jimmy Fallon or Katy Perry on Twitter or Facebook, look for the user or page that has a little blue badge with an arrow in it. That will be the “real” account that Twitter or Facebook has verified. It’s that simple.

    Facebook Verified Account Katy Perry

    erified Twitter Account Jimmy Fallon

    But, I have to admit, some of the parody accounts are quite funny and worth following!

  9. My client friend requested me – what do I do?
  10. This is a personal decision every individual needs to make for themselves. However, here are a few considerations when making that decision. If you like to keep your business and personal lives separate, you are entitled to do that and should not feel pressured to mix the two. If it comes up in conversation, you can politely say that you only use Facebook to stay connected with your close family and friends. If you decide to take that route, be sure not to accept some client friend requests but not others, since you never know who might talk. However, if you would be Facebook friends with someone if he or she was not your client, go ahead and friend them. One exception: If you use Facebook to rant, rave, curse and complain about your job, accepting a client’s friend request would not be a good idea. So think about how you use Facebook and whether accepting a request could positively or negatively affect your relationship with that client. There really is no right and wrong answer to this question. Simply use your own judgment to decide what’s appropriate for your personal situation. I accept clients as friends on Facebook, but I also consciously decided to always use Facebook in a respectful and meaningful way. If you’re still on the fence, here are some more thoughts on being friends with clients on Facebook that may help you decide.

Do you have other social media questions or faux pas I didn’t cover? If so, you can send me an email, post your question in the comments section below or tweet me, @PartnersRiley. Remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. If you don’t know what a word means, what is proper etiquette or how to do something, I guarantee there are 100 more people with the same exact question.

One last thing I will leave you with: Your online identity is just as important as any face-to-face interaction. So think before posting, sharing or even liking. Every action you take online (even Facebook) is part of a larger digital footprint that can and will shape your public perception. Not to get dramatic, but what happens on the internet does not stay on the internet

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