Five Things You Really Shouldn’t Say On Facebook

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The continuing rise in the popularity of social networking sites means more and more of us are heading online on a daily basis to catch up with friends and family members, and the convenience of such platforms means we are able to communicate our feelings and opinions to a significant number of people in an instant.

In September 2012, it was estimated that there were over 935 million Facebook users in the world, a staggering number, and while most of us use the site sensibly, there are good reasons to think before you speak when using it. Here are five things you really shouldn’t be saying.

I’m going on holiday tomorrow

We all seem to be working so hard these days, so when the chance of a week or two in Cyprus or any other holiday destination comes around we tend to get rather excited by the prospect. Announcing it on Facebook, however, is a big mistake, because you never know who will get to see the status. The last thing you want to do is advertise the fact that your home could be empty for a while, because you might come home and find your possessions have been stolen.

I’ve always hated you

In tandem with the increase in the use of social networking sites, there has been a dramatic rise in the amount of online abuse, and of unpleasant bullying campaigns. Statements that are likely to result in a virtual tennis match of name-calling and vitriol should be avoided at all costs, because when such things are said online they can potentially be read by dozens, hundreds and even thousands of mutual acquaintances.

Your baby is …. presentable

A new-born baby in the family is always a source of great excitement and happiness, especially for the parents. If they should post a photo of the new arrival on Facebook, you need to choose your words very carefully. The problem with the written word is that there’s none of the stresses and emphases of speech, so what’s written on the screen can be interpreted in several ways.

Thank you for the invitation

If you are sent an invitation to a wedding, party, christening or any other social occasion, make sure you are careful about how you reply. Remember, if you post a thank you on to someone’s Facebook wall, you will be letting many others know you’ve been invited. And of course, among them there will be a sizable number who didn’t receive an invitation. To avoid upsetting anyone, avoid social networking-related replies.

I’m having a party

There have been a great many people who have mentioned a party they’re hosting online, and in the majority of cases they have lived to regret the decision. Word gets around like wildfire, and before you know it you could be faced with hordes of uninvited guests. Discretion is often the most sensible strategy, so keep things low key and don’t make such announcements to the world.

David Showell works for and lives in the UK.


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