A Lesson on Facebook

9 Things New Facebook Users Need to Know

A few months ago I decided to join the Facebook network. I hadn’t gotten Facebook because I thought it was a waste of time (99% of the time it is). I also didn’t think having pictures of me out on the internet would be good, because if I accidentally posted an embarrassing picture of myself it would be out on the web forever. Anyway, here are a few things I wish I would have known after I joined. Hopefully what I learned in the first few weeks will help you. Or at least get you to laugh.

  1. People from your past try to come back and haunt you. Many people you have not seen or communicated with for months or even years now want to be your friend, even though you are fine with not talking with them ever again.
  2. It isn’t considered being rude when you don’t friend someone you know when they ask to be friends; unlike what I thought. You might think you are supposed to friend all of the people who friend you, but there is no need to.
  3. If you ever do accidentally friend someone who, you later realize, posts things you would rather not see in your newsfeed, there is a way out. You don’t even have to risk offending your pal by unfriending them. I discovered, after friending all of these people from my past, you can still be friends but block them from your newsfeed by unfollowing them. This way you don’t have to see every little detail they post about their life. They will never know you are not keeping up with them. Just remember, they’re probably doing the same thing to you.
  4. You do not have to build your image by telling everyone all the movies you have ever watched. The movie feed is really for just the movies you really like, even though it asks, “Have you seen this movie?” The same goes for books and TV shows. I learned this the hard way, by putting in over a hundred movies that I have watched, before realizing other people only “watch” a few.
  5. When you like fifty different pages in less than five minutes, your friends start to wonder what your doing.
  6. When you like something, you don’t have to share it with your friends for them to know you like it.
  7. When you share a post that has been shared with you, you are sharing the original person’s post, not your friend’s. People will see the post is coming from you. So make sure you agree with whatever is being said.
  8. Don’t share posts that say to share them. Someone might leave a “friendly” comment on the post that says not to share such posts. (This happened to me).
  9. When you like something, you follow it. My newsfeed was filled up with posts from Reese’s, Coca Cola, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Matrix, X-Men, Seattle Seahawks, and Starbucks, before I realized liking pages means you follow them.
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