Have you ever seen those people that do some not-so-smart things on Facebook? Well, today, we’re going to show you how to not become one of those people. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be a regular Facebook Amy Vanderbilt! (She wrote the book on etiquette. Literally!)

This article is a follow up on yesterday’s post about how Facebook is replacing the resume as a potential employer’s go-to for information about applicants. Following these simple etiquette rules for social media will ensure that your Facebook content won’t negatively impact job prospects for you or your friends.

  1. Easy on the updates. Oversharing on Facebook can be a problem. Every meal eaten, every TV show experienced, and every weather condition observed need not be the subject of a status update. Twitter’s platform is more geared toward this type of constant sharing. Facebook feeds can get pretty cluttered and you may run the risk of being labeled a ‘Spammer’ if it gets out of hand.

  3. Beware of embarrassing photos. Resist the temptation to post every last photo from your party on Facebook, particularly images that may cast your guests in an unflattering light. If you have any doubt, ask the subjects of any iffy pics in advance whether they’d mind your posting the shots; then abide by their wishes.

  5. Tag lightly. The same thing goes for tagging: The people in a picture might not object to its being online as long as their names are not associated with it. You should also make sure your tags are relevant and avoid tagging everyone you know just so they will see something you’ve posted. If they are that interested, they will actively look at your profile and see the post.

  7. Don’t friend someone you don’t actually know. There are many fake profiles created that spread malware to steal data from you and your other Facebook friends. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who they are if they send you a friend request. If you’re sending a request to someone you don’t really know in the real world or haven’t seen in a while be sure to include a little message like “Hi, I’m your cousin’s roommate.”

  9. Know the difference between posting on someone’s wall and sending a message. I have seen many people that post something on someone’s wall that contained private information. A post on someone’s wall will allow anyone who visits that person’s profile to see what was posted. When you send a message, it is a private message that only that person can see.

  11. If you are a business, make sure you have a fan page and not a profile. For more info on this, check out our other blog post “Facebook Quick Tips for Business.”

  13. Be sure to credit your sources. When quoting someone, always make sure to credit the person who actually said the quote. Here’s a good example of this:

  14. This doesn’t just apply to song lyrics. Use this rule when quoting other sources such as TV Shows, Movies, Websites, Articles, or even your own friends. Make sure to give citations to article source, lest you be attacked by the copyright infringement monster.

We hope these tips will mean a positive Facebook experience and help you avoid issues cropping up with employers or friends. Remember to practice safe Facebooking!

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This article was written by a new face to PC Co-Pilots: Zack Makool. Zack comes to us as an intern looking to expand his computer skills. It was edited by Jessica Bowers.

Jessica runs PC Co-Pilots with her husband, Justin, as an Office Manager and head of Marketing.  She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Kennesaw State University and regularly participates in local business and non-profit events.  To contact her directly, email Jessica@pccopilots.com.