Do's And Don'ts Of Facebook Commenting

Even with the new multimedia commenting, basic rules of etiquette still hold true, yet people have a way of forgetting their manners when online.

Facebook recently launched a commenting feature that allows users to embed videos, photos and web links in comments just by including a URL. The comment will include a video player, a thumbnail of a photo, or a brief overview of the website being linked to.

The preview can be removed with a simple click. With that in mind, it’s time for a refresher course on the do’s and don’ts of Facebook commenting.

Don’t Be A Stalker

Signs of a stalker include constant notifications, strange and relentless instant messages, and commenting on very old photos. It doesn’t matter how good they looked, it’s a bit creepy to comment on that revealing poolside photo from five years ago if you’ve been friends for a while.

Do Show Restraint

Facebook is a place where too many people vent their frustrations. Do you really want everyone to know how much you hate it when your cat ignores you? That’s probably because it’s a cat. When it comes to commenting, show some restraint. Let’s say you were cropped out of a friend’s photo. Instead of going off the deep end, just ignore it. If you must get revenge, try something like “Well, you cut out the best part of this picture.”

Don’t Be Illiterate

There is a fine line between disregarding some vowels in text-speak and being grammatically pathetic. Read a book and maybe they won’t delete your comment next time.

Do Contribute To The Conversation

If someone posts something meaningful or thought-provoking, don’t deliberately post something off-topic or ignorant just to get a rise out of people.

Don’t Hijack Someone’s Status

Don’t use someone’s status as a battlefield. It makes the person who posted the status and everyone else involved uncomfortable. If you feel the need for a political argument, start your own thread with that person, preferably in private.

Do Show Support

It’s fine to back someone’s opinion up. It’s not fine to like everyone’s comments because you don’t like to take sides. It confuses everyone and you look fake.

What other types of Facebook comments do you despise?