By Kimberly Deas
Facebook is becoming the watercooler of the modern age. Unfortunately, a mistake at the watercooler is limited to a local area, where a mistake on Facebook might be seen globally.
Here are the most common mistakes to avoid when using Facebook:
Mistake #1: Getting too personal. Monitor what you say on Facebook. It is permanent and can affect future opportunities. You can delete posts, but beware, if not deleted quickly enough, people could send it out to others via a share or private message.
Mistake #2: Not Spell Checking/Grammar Checking. You cannot edit your own post, but you can edit a comment you made by clicking on the pencil icon. Take an extra minute to review your writing before clicking “post.”
Mistake #3: Posting the same content over and over again. This is considered spam. Vary your topics and consider posting from a broader topic, especially for a company.
Mistake #4: Aggressively tagging others. Facebook prompts you to tag photos and it is a great tool to share pictures. Not everyone wants photos of themselves all over the Internet, especially unflattering photos. If you have been tagged, you can remove it by hovering over the upper-right corner of the photo and selecting “Report/Remove Tag.”
Mistake #5: Posting not engaging. Whether using Facebook personally or for business, remember, Facebook is not a megaphone to shout at people. It is more like a dinner party where you can chat with people.
Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.