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Facebook etiquette or how to communicate properly in the social network

Facebook embodies the freedom of speach, which we are privileged to rejoice in the 21st century. The opportunity to share opinions and to comment freely everything that happens in the world, to upload photos and videos, to share our interests and communicate with people around the world are some of the advantages of having a Facebook profile.

On the other hand, this freedom is not unlimited, and as any communication between people, it is based on some written and unwritten rules. Facebook has a long list of written rules on what content is unacceptable in the network. We are going to focuse on the unwritten rules which guarantee that each facebook user maintains positive image on the social media. Here's what we are talking about:

1. Write literately

The way in which you write your posts and comments builds your social media image. If you are trying to maintain a certain opinion on a serious matter, no one will take you seriously if you fail to put your thoughts in a well structured and competently written sentences. You don`t want people to think you are illeterate, do you? 
 
2. Respect others opinion

Have you ever shared your opinion in a facebook post and faced bitter comments against it? It is not pleasant, but the fact that under posts with political, religious, cultural and other serious and sometimes not so serious matter, often occure disputes that may frozen the blood of people with sensitive nerves.
On the other hand, if you see any comment that you do not agree with, you may leave your own comment, but do not try to insult or use any other inappropriate words to "punish" the other party or to change his/hers opinion. In the social network, as in life, we must be tolerant and not judge any opinion that is contrary to ours.
 
3. Do not publish statements that you can not prove

The power of Facebook is sharing information, but this puts a huge responsibility on users who share it for the first time. If you can not prove the correctness of any information, do not share it. Especially if this information may embarrass or harm others, or cause mass panic.
 
4. Do not post photos or videos of people without their approval

You have fun with your friends and family and you want to share memorable moments with them. That`s absolutely fine, but first make sure that everyone you captured on a photo or video approves being posted on facebook.
The same rule applies to pictures of babies and children. The truth is that most parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents do not think about the consequences of uploading photos of children in the network. On the one hand, children are immature and unable to give their approval if they want their photos to be uploaded. We should respect their privacy. 
Any image on the web can be seen by anyone, downloaded and used for any purpose. Unfortunately, sharing pictures of our babies with mass audience, we put them to risk of being used by unknown facebook users with bad intensions.
 
5. Do not accept every invitation for friendship

If you receive an invitation for friendship from someone you known - this is great and it helps you expand your network of friends on Facebook. But if you receive an invitation from someone you've never seen before and do not have common acquaintances, think seriously about whether to accept it and what you get from this "friendship". Our recommendation is to ignore it.
Some people feel guilty when they have to reject friend requests from strangers, but the truth is that most of these people are looking for an easy way to increase their fan base, and opotunity to find sexual companion or a way to advertise and sell products. Do not hesitate to click "Ignore" in cases where a friend request seems to you inappropriate.
 
6. Share quality content only, which presents best your character and interests

We advise you to keep “hygiene content” - do not share any content, but only the one that will shape the best image you want to have online. If a content does not reflect your interests, opinion or emotions, do not share it.  
 
7. Limit the visibility of the information you share

Facebook offers an option to limit the visibility of any information you share – from your gender and residence, to the posts you share. So protect your data and ensure that only selected friends will have access to it.
 
8. Do not share too much personal information

I had breakfast, i drank coffee, i got drunk, I am getting married, i am going on a vacation, I'm pregnant, I gave birth ... Your friends may be interested in all this information, but sometimes inappropriately shared information to the wrong people can cost you your image, work or money. For example, sharing information that you bought expensive equipment, that you have expensive jewelry or that you are going on a vacation can attract dangerous people. Not surprisingly, police around the world advise people to be careful what information they share in their social profiles in order to reduce the risk of burglary, robbery and other violent crimes.
Sharing intimate information concerning your partner is not adequate, too. Even if he does not mind sharing too much of your relationship`s secrets it is not appropriate even to a limited group of friends. Consider well what deserves to be shared (you got engaged, you got married) and what is not (you make attempts to have a baby, you have sexual problems).
 
We hope that these rules will help you enjoy a successful and satisfying communication in the social network and will help you build a positive online reputation.