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How many of these social media “Crimes” have you committed?

How many of these social media “Crimes” have you committed?

Social media lesson 801…(we’re waaay past 101, folks…): From John Tesh

You’ll think twice before posting another Facebook status message after reading this piece! Here are the top status messages experts say will shoot you to the top of the “un-friend” list:

  • First, thanking people for wishing you a happy birthday. It may seem kind, but experts say it comes across as a last-ditch reminder for those who forgot to post a message. Instead, thank friends for their birthday posts individually or when you see them in-person. ( I actually LOVE this part of Facebook. It gives me a chance to say hi to people I don’t always get to see on their special day. )
  • Then, attention, couples! Beware of posting love letter material! Like “Baby girl, I just left you, but I’m dreaming of the moment  when I see your pretty face again.” Experts say if you want your partner to know you’re crazy about them, don’t post a love note that’ll show up on  hundreds of newsfeeds. Instead, send them a text message, email, or even an actual love letter. ( I’m guilty of this! But, I love my husband and I want everyone to know about it.)
  • Also, beware of posting things that make you sound like  a partying pop star. Like, “I’m paying the price for this weekend’s epic  and baller Vegas trip.” Any time you post something about how exhausted  you are after partying, it comes across as a desperate attempt to show people you’re cool. It’s also the kind of thing that employers and potential employers will zero in on if they check your Facebook profile, so you might find yourself “unfriended” out of a job. ( You’ll never hear me say, I partied all night!  I love to sleep! Plus, I just can’t hang. LOL )
  • And, if you lose your cellphone, don’t ask your Facebook friends to send you their numbers! Experts say it’s OK to post a message that you can only be reached by email. But posting a generic  message makes it seem like you’re too important to reach out to them personally. So, experts say next time you get a new phone, look at it as an opportunity to rebuild your phone book with people you truly care  about! If you can’t remember whom to ask, odds are you don’t need to call or text them anymore.  ( This annoys me, seriously? How many times are you going to ” Lose” your contacts before you learn how to work your device and back it up? Ugghhhh)

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