A new generation of Facebook addicts has emerged. From the time of Facebook’s creation in 2004, never have we seen a generation so devoted. Never have we seen a generation so enthusiastic. And never have we seen a generation so completely and utterly clueless. Mum and dad, we love you. What we don’t love is your lack of Facebook pizazz. So if you really must be our friend on Facebook, here are six helpful pointers to stop you from getting blocked.
1. When you post on our wall, EVERYONE can see it.
Imagine this. It is a normal day. You are on your laptop and you hear the oh-so familiar ding of a Facebook notification. When it says your mother posted on your wall, you think nothing of it. Little did you know, your life is about to take a turn for the worse. “Hi Darling, how is the UTI going? Remember that the doctor said to drink plenty of water.” Believe it or not, this actually happened to one of my friends on Facebook. Although the post was swiftly deleted, countless friends saw it, several liked it and one even took a screenshot. Parents, the next two words are the cardinal rule of Facebook. Repeat these two words with every login you make, every breath you take: USE INBOX.
Imagine that you need to tell your child something but you are in a room with 500 of their friends, family and acquaintances. If you and your child would feel comfortable yelling it out to the whole room, this would be appropriate for a wall post. If you’d prefer to tell your child on the quiet, remember the cardinal rule of Facebook. Use inbox.
2. When the Facebook status box asks you ‘What’s on Your Mind?’, this does not have to be taken too literally.
Think of the one asking ‘What’s on Your Mind’ as a neighbour who is just trying to be polite.
They care about what you’ve been up to but don’t need to know what you had for every meal or get constant updates of the score of a sporting game you’re watching.
3. There is a difference between a like, comment and a share.
You know that parent who constantly shares minion quotes? Do not be that parent. There are three ways to respond to posts on Facebook, each of varying intensity.
Like: If you agree with a post on Facebook, a simple click of this button will suffice.
Comment: Handy if you wish to express your point of view and interact with others about the post.