Facebook is one of the most poplar websites on the web today with over 200 million profiles. We all have those people on our News Feed that irritate us. There are some Facebook sins we should be aware of so you are not un-friended.
definition: the act or practice of eating to excess
Sin on Facebook: food pictures
As much as we all love food, the pictures posted on Facebook can get obnoxious. “I fully support pictures of delicious meals. However, Facebook is for faces… And books. I would much prefer to just see them on ‘the gram’” says Jake Devincenzi, Cal Poly student. (We will get more into Instagram or “the gram” in future posts.) There is a place for food pictures, just not on Facebook. Load your Mobile Upload folder with pictures of you and your friends. We are friends on Facebook so I can see what’s up with you, not your food. If you still can’t break the food habit, I suggest a check-in at the restaurant accompanied by a picture of YOU with your food.
definition: very strong sexual desire
Sin on Facebook: couple kissing pictures
Facebook allows us to display our relationships. We can show who we are dating or married too. When people take pictures with their significant other it can be really cute, but there is a line where these photos go too far. Kissing pictures posted on every date attended really don’t need to be shared to the Facebook world. Be sensitive to your single friends. We are happy for you, but we can only handle so much.
definition: A feeling of pleasure from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is associated, or from qualities or possessions
Sin of Facebook: party pictures
For a majority of college kids, partying is a large part of their lives. Pictures on Facebook of you and your friends are great, but there are times where caution is necessary before posting. When college is over it’s the time when people are searching for jobs and ready to start a career. Today, employers could search Facebook to check up on people they are interested in hiring. “I basically just look at the pictures… If they are stupid enough to have party photos of themselves that are public then that’s my red flag,” says Brynn Zinsman, Kevin Main Jewelry Employee. Facebook profiles have different privacy settings that everyone should look into. You can pick pictures that you can only have certain people look at. Be careful what pictures you post because a person who knows how to work their privacy settings could get the job over you.
definition: Extreme anger
Sin of Facebook: cyber bullings
“Treat someone the way you wish to be treated.” A phrase we have been hearing since the playground days. It works the same way on the Internet. Bullying someone is wrong and is a serious issue. We have all heard the horror stories of the effects of bullying. Even ABC made a movie about Cyber Bullying. If you don’t like someone and feel the urge to say something mean, stop and think about how you would feel if that was happening to you. If there is an issue with someone, de-friend them. Simple as that.
definition: Reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness.
Sin of Facebook: hashtags
“What is a hashtag?” asks Riley Casey, Cal Poly student. A question heard on a daily basis. A hashtag is a tag embedded in a message posted on the Twitter microblogging service, consisting of a word within the message prefixed with a hash sign. By using the “#” you are able to connect things on the web. These come in handy with media sites such as Instagram and Twitter. They are in no way possible are they affiliated with Facebook. So when someone posts a hashtag there is no way for use Facebook users to click on the hashtag to see what other people using that tag are posting. Don’t be lazy and post hashtags on Facebook, instead, send them to a website that uses the hashtag function.
definition: intense and selfish desire for something, esp. wealth, power, or food.
Sin of Facebook: self promotion on personal profiles
Creating a business from scratch is hard. Everyone knows that you have to get started somewhere. Creating a business page on Facebook is a great idea. Social media is an excellent way to broadcast your business to the internet world. When people are using their personal profile to spam the News Feed, it is turning people away from your business. If people want to hear about deals or events with your business they will like that separate business page. Limit the spam.
definition: Desire to have a quality, possession, or other attribute belonging to (someone else):
Sin of Facebook: fake profiles.
A new show on MTV has opened the eyes of America to fake profiles and their relationships with people online. Take a look here:
Many people are creating fake accounts hoping to gain attention, fame, and, a lot of the time, love. The profiles created are often taken directly from someone else’s Facebook. The names are different but the pictures are all the same. The issue with fake profiles is that they are cheating people out of friendship. It is easy to hide behind profiles on the internet. Being yourself is the only way how to truly gain friendship and love.
All pictures courtesy of Facebook.