As someone who works from home, Facebook is a way to stay connected to friends and family. For the most part, I enjoy interacting with my close friends and reconnecting with long-lost friends.
But my Facebook experience is far from perfect. Could we all agree to some ground rules so that we don’t drive each other bonkers? Here are four simple rules to keep us all from going crazy:
1. Check Snopes… PLEASE
For the love of all things sacred, please check Snopes before you randomly post stuff you read. Half cut onions that heal cancer? Check Snopes. Eddie Murphy died? Check Snopes. Meth that looks like pop rocks? Check Snopes. If you didn’t write it yourself (and even if a trusted friend posted it on their wall) please check Snopes.
2. Take it easy on the heartwarming pictures
I love seeing pictures on Facebook. YOUR pictures. Those vacations. Those family pictures. The 100,000,000 pictures you post of your baby. Heck, even your food. (Confession: I’m indifferent about the histograms of your unborn baby but at least they are your pictures). What I hate is when my newsfeed fills with pictures of angels or dogs or heartwarming sayings that have been fake-written on papyrus. I’m not saying that you should NEVER post them. Just take it easy. One a day is probably way more than we need to see. Remember: You’re not the only one posting them. A good rule of thumb is: If the picture says something like “like if you like this; ignore if you don’t have a heart” then you can probably ignore it. I won’t think less of you!
3. Please don’t complain about Facebook… on Facebook
Every time Facebook changes its interface or some other aspect of how it runs, my newsfeed fills up with complaints about it. But the people who hate Facebook are still on it, years after Facebook enraged them with a UI change. Hey guess what. Every company makes changes. If you really don’t like it, sign out. I’m not sure why this one throws me into a rage but it does.
4. Stop sending me invites to your games
I don’t care if you spend all frigging day playing games on Facebook. But take it easy on the invites. The daily invites are getting to be a bit too much.
I guess what I want is a newsfeed of, well, stuff about you. Even if it’s a vacation pic or an Instagram of your awesome lunch. Facebook is a valuable tool for sharing our thoughts and feelings, and all of life’s wins and fails. And it’s a great way to rapidly spread a bit of news that is worth spreading.
Think of Facebook like a big get-together. The same rules apply there. You don’t want to be the guy spouting fakes stories as if they were real, you don’t want to be that annoying jerk who just gives empty inspirational answers to anything people say, you don’t want to complain about the party itself while the host is within hearing distance, and you don’t want to be the person shouting from the recroom that everyone needs to see your high score in Mario Bros. Be cool like a party and we’ll all enjoy Facebook just a little more.