I do not claim to be Emily Post but there’s really no Terms of Service agreement that includes Facebook etiquette suggestions. It seems to be the worst with groups. If you’re a Facebook user, odds are pretty good that you’re in at least one Facebook group. They’re great for resources, information and even making friends. But there always have to be a few people who have too much of a great thing and seem to forget it is not their own personal space. Just in case you forget, here is a refresher with a few things to remember. I know I’ve been guilty of one before. Read on.
Remember these are not private conversations. Unless you personally added everyone to the group and you know them well, maybe you shouldn’t post it there. One example was in a crafting group I belong to. The original poster asked “What are you making your husband’s for Valentine’s Day?” The first response was not safe for work and it went down from there…The post was quickly taken down because I’m not sure the other 26,000 people who were in the group really wanted to know about that person’s sex life.
I really could go on with examples for why groups aren’t private conversations but another thing that you shouldn’t post is about your financial situation. Unless you’re seeking support in the form of a crowdsourcing, your lack of finances are none of my business. This seems harmless enough and just TMI but what people don’t realize is that if a wonderful opportunity comes up (i.e. a sponsorship to a conference in another city) but it would require an expense on your part, you may not be offered it because you’ve already said that you have a lack of finances. I know things can change, you might be able to make it, etc. but if it’s a time-sensitive situation, why would you go with someone who’s a maybe as opposed to a sure thing?
Don’t hijack a thread with a response not related to the original post. Responding to a question that wasn’t asked or doesn’t need your comment happens all the time. Last week someone asked Any ideas for how to have them paint nature scenes (neatly) onto the tiles. And I responded with ideas that she could do because I was thinking about my own school fundraiser project. I wasn’t answering the question that she asked. The same goes for when a person asks if people are attending an event and you respond with why you’re not or you weren’t invited. It’s not the question that was asked. Personally, I feels like it’s bad taste to hijack a post with your personal agenda. It sounds so simple but I really don’t get why people do it.
Finally, stop complaining about the group and what happens in the group, especially when it’s related to a brand that you want to work with. I could not believe the number of complaints that I read in a mousehouse related group. There were complaints about people posting pictures, complaints about not being selected, complaints about being given something that wasn’t for them. Just stop it! We don’t want to hear what your problem is because we have no power to fix it. Also, it’s really bad taste to complain about the gift you’ve been given or you’d like to receive. Leave if it’s that much of an issue for you.
So these are my list of suggestions. Should I leave the groups myself since I have an issue? And really I’m not complaining, just saying a few things I’ve noticed. I have cleaned house of groups that don’t make my life better. Do you have any that you’d add? Am I way off base here and these are silly things? Let me know what you think!