Things You Should Never Post on Facebook

-20-million-facebook-privacy-settlement-rejected-by-judge-4b7db7155aThe other day we discussed what companies should and shouldn’t share via their blogs. Of course Chick-Fil-A’s CEO’s views about gay marriage came up, and there was some debate on whether or not he should’ve said what he said. But this got me thinking what WE should be doing as far as personal branding and our opinions. Of course we’re not CEOs, just business students; and not a lot of people care about our opinions… yet. But we are all on the job hunt and many companies are snooping around our social media platforms to get a feel of who we are.

While not many of us have blogs, we all do probably have a Facebook. In one of his blog posts, Jeff Bullas gives some 30 things that should never be posted on Facebook. While the post does start out by talking about Farmville (which I’m not sure anyone plays anymore), it goes onto more relevant things that I think can really be applied to how we brand ourselves through not only our Facebook pages, but on all other social platforms as well.

When reading through the list I realized I’m in violation of probably at least five myself (the escaping from jail not included). This resulted in about an hour of going through my Facebook and deleting A LOT of pictures and posts. Thankfully, my Twitter page is fairly new and pretty safe according to Bullas’ standards.

There are a couple things that I feel should be added to the list thinking in the Social Branding point of view. Bullas mentions party photos, but I think that if there are any photos that seem a bit inappropriate or make you second guess, you should probably take them down. Also, on Facebook where you can write in your own about you, favorite quotes, etc; that should probably be looked at (I bet you forgot that was even there, huh?) There is also this great feature on Facebook now where you have to approve every tag, post, and comment that your friends can put on your page; I HIGHLY recommend that you turn that on. It will make your life a lot easier. It’s under the privacy settings.

After going through the list yourself, what do you think? Is there anything that you feel like be should added that Bullas left out?

7 thoughts on “Things You Should Never Post on Facebook

  1. I think as college students, but especially for business majors, everything you shouldn’t do in an interview, on social media, etc. are all ingrained in our heads since day one; this list provides a little bit more light-heartedness to the subject. I think everyone is guilty of sharing at least a few of the items on the list purely because of the personal nature of the websites. It’s not uncommon for people to share their schedules, thoughts, or complain on social media because it is their primary way or channel of releasing news and updates on their lives. For me, I use social media to keep in touch with friends and network – I am very careful about what I post and who I am friends with. I have heard stories about friends being fired from their jobs, so the reality is, this does happen! Good post!

  2. I like your suggestions about the “About” section on Facebook, as well as the tag approval suggestion. I wish you had posted a few of the tips in the article and commented on them or something, since this would have added value to YOUR article instead of making it seem like you just reviewed the other post. You could have discussed how these suggestions were applicable to other platforms or to a marketer/company’s page.

  3. I think that while a lot of these are common sense, many of these just depend on what kind of life you want to live. To a student striving to be a CEO, yes, you probably should follow this list, but if you clearly have a good grasp on the type of person you want to be and where you want to be, it’s all up to you. Maybe posting party pictures won’t effect you’re job goals or aspirations.

  4. I agree that some of these suggestions are common sense. I agree with Keila about liking the suggestion about the “About” section. I have never thought of that. the tag approval suggestion is something I already have, so I guess I am on the right track!

  5. Some obvious and some thoughtful suggestions in this article. Below the article a commenter mentioned “nothing after 1 glass of alcohol”, another great point. It has been my personal experience and the experience of others; if you strongly want to share your personal thoughts, especially controversial, step away from the computer and come back in an hour. Typically you change your mind. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment.

  6. Facebook is a dangerous game we play when posting about our social lives. Future employers often look through a Facebook profile in order to get an idea about what type of person they are bringing in. I definitely think twice about half the stuff that goes on my Facebook page depending on the content.

  7. I like this article. These are some great points that people SHOULD have the common sense to know. But putting it on paper doesn’t hurt I suppose. I do not understand why people, specifically social media heavy users, will post these things on their profile. And not their personal one…. there BUSINESS one! You are only asking for trouble. The phrase “negative publicity is still publicity,” has to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. And this article strengthens my point.

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