Use Facebook Responsibly: Facebook Etiquette Guide

If you haven’t heard of Facebook, then you might be living under a rock. Facebook is a social media website aimed at meeting new people and collaborating with old friends. As an individual or business, Facebook is important. It is more important to companies especially if they want to represent themselves to their customers properly. But as an individual, taking consideration in your reputation online is important, as well.

Facebook is not just about communicating with friends or customers. Social media have also helped create jobs and even lose one. So, if you are using Facebook but don’t know if you have done harm or good to your reputation, stop and take a minute to read this article first before you make another post, add new friends, or rant about something.


Initiate a conversation

Just like talking to someone in a party, for others to talk to you, you need to initiate the conversation. If you want a lasting relation ship on Facebook, acknowledging others and let them be aware of your existence is your first step.

Converge and collaborate

To know who you are and if you are a real person, like, comment, update or share. Converging and collaborating online will extend your real world friends too.

Remember important events Birthdays, events, and other occasions that your friends are reminded to you automatically when these important events happen. A simple, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, etc won’t hurt but forgetting it will. With no interaction with you and your friends, you would rather have 10 real friends than 200 fake ones.

Link common friends

If one of your Friends have one common friend, there is no reason for not recommending friends to connect with each other. That is if they are willing to list each other as friends.


If you know something interesting, share it as others might be interested too. If you always share links, they will most likely visit your profile and follow you. Sharing also stirs up conversations which means better interactivity.

Update your profile

Updating your profile like changing your work when you have a new one or adding education information will show that you are active on Facebook, and you take care of your image. Don’t worry about stalkers as you can control the privacy setting to whom you want your profile be seen and whom to hide it.


Post without thinking

Do not post updates with regards to personal issues, salaries, professional information, relationships and other things that could harm you or the people around you. You might think that if you rant on someone’s wall is that he will be the only one who will see it. Everyone will see it unless you have revised the privacy settings in your post.

Pictures, videos or posts you add can be downloaded and be later used against you. Think before you click.

Leak Confidential information

Post your name, phone number or even your dog’s name but don’t go too far by posting your address, credit card account information, or your passwords. Hackers and strangers can easily access this information so it is best to leave it private.

Add strangers

What I’ve done before when I started using Facebook that I regretted until now is I have added thousands of Facebook friends only because I need it for playing social games. Those are complete strangers that I can interact on when we talk about a specific online game. They have no interest in what I do or what I share online. Now I have to delete them one by one because of the possible danger I may have if I keep these strangers.

Adding strangers can be dangerous. A lot of people have been robbed or worst killed because a stranger friend knew where they are or what they have been doing. Before you add them as their contact, send them a message first or ask information about him or her.


These are some of the few simple etiquette to help make a good name for yourself and create a good reputation for yourself. Keep in mind these thoughts and you’ll have a socially cleaner profile in no time.