7 Cringe-Worthy Facebook Faux Pas
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When Mark Zuckerburg was dreaming up Facebook in his Harvard dorm, he was coding and designing a social media platform for college students. Little did he know that just years later, parents would be using the website as a virtual brag book to document every part of their kids' lives.
Hey, everyone's entitled to an update here and there. Just make sure that when using social media, you're not guilty of the Facebook faux pas that make even your best of pals want to "de-friend" you. If one of the following moms sounds like you, shape up and reclaim your social media friends.
The Picture Spammer. You know the one. She's the mom who wants you to see every movement, blink and smile her baby makes. What's worse is when she loads a photo album with essentially the same picture, just with slight variations.
- Instead of inundating your friends' news feeds with a million pictures of your kid, limit the number to 15 or 20 of the best shots. Your family and friends probably do want to see pictures of your adorable little one—just not 200 of them.
The Chronic Updater. "Ate some lunch. Turns out, Leo likes blueberries! Now it's time to put Leo down for a nap and then it's off to the grocery store!" Sound familiar? That's because you probably have a chronic updater on your friends list. A chronic updater feels the need to document every waking (and sleeping) moment she enjoys with her child on a daily basis.
- Before you post something, think about whether it's totally necessary. Remember that everyone on your friends list will be able to read what you post; is it something you want your high school friends or great aunt to read?
The Highjacker. This is a sneaky one, because you don't even know this social media mama's plotting against you until she somehow wheedles her kid into every possible conversation online. If your status message reads, "First day of summer!" She'll reply "It's my baby's half-birthday!" If you post about how tired you are, she'll say, "Just wait until you're up all night with a baby."
- Keep your baby-based conversations limited to when you're asked, or when you're posting on your own page. It's bad Internet etiquette to highjack someone else's status message or post, no matter what the topic.
The Oversharer. Facebook oversharers are the modern equivalent of the type of mom who would show naked baby pictures of you to your prom date. Instead of flashing a photo album, the oversharer feels the need to post pictures of the latest diaper blowout or go into detail about what the doctor said about her baby's irritable bowels. Three words: Too. Much. Information.
- Think before you post personal information online. Is it something that would totally embarrass your child a few years down the road? If it's something that you discussed in a doctor's office, or it has to do with bodily functions, it's probably an overshare.
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