5 Things You Need To Stop Posting On Facebook

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things you shouldnt post on facebookWe’ve discussed things that annoy Dave on Twitter, and we’ve even talked about how you may have compromised your security on the Internet. However, it seems as if Facebook brings both of those topics together.

From security messes to major nuisances, there are a lot of things that shouldn’t be shared on the Internet. Get ready to readjust your security and delete your posts, for here are five things you shouldnt post on Facebook.

Current Locations

things you shouldnt post on facebook

Ladies and gentlemen, how many times must we tell you that nothing is sacred on the Internet? If you put it out there, anyone could see it, so why would you post truly sensitive information? Yes, Facebook offers you the ability to publish information about your current location (and who you are with), but do you really want that online?

Consider the unfortunate New Hampshire tale of the thieves who used Facebook to find out when homeowners happened to be away. The second you put it out there that you’re “going to party it up in Louisiana for the next three days with Gordon”, then your home is automatically open game (and so is Gordon’s). Furthermore, don’t tell me that you’re fine just because your account has private status updates. Your friends’ accounts could be compromised, so you never actually know who’s watching your feed.

New Technological Toys

things you shouldnt post on facebook

This one goes right in line with the first section of this article – “Hey guys, just got my brand new really expensive MacBook Air….gonna leave it at my house totally unguarded and out in the open while I’m down at the bar with Gordon! Hope no one finds the spare key under my welcome mat!”

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As much as I want to celebrate with you on your brand new toy, you have to keep in mind that some people might want to do a little more than celebrate. They may just want to take it, so if you are unlike me and do not keep your Mac on you everywhere you go, then it might not be best to put that kind of information out in the open.

Facebook’s New Payment System

things you shouldnt post on facebook

Oh my goodness! My friends, Facebook has told you time and time again that they will never make it a paid service, so why do you insist on posting these status updates?

FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER…

You’ve seen it before, folks. These chain updates have been passed around numerous times over the past few years, and nothing has ever come of them. Besides, I’m pretty sure Zuckerberg might have a better way of notifying us of a new paid service than an all-caps lengthy chain update, so please stop. If you want to check out how Facebook makes money, check out Steve’s article about how social networks make money.

Impersonal Personal Messages

things you shouldnt post on facebook

This one is a little more of nuisance than the other ones, but it is definitely worth mentioning. For some reason, people feel the need to vaguely express their feelings about others through status updates. Sometimes, they will even write seemingly indirect messages that are actually meant for someone else.

“I wish SUMBODY hadnt cheated on meh wit SUMBODY that MITE B mii best fran!!!11!1!”

I don’t think I really have to go into it much further, for one of two things will happen because of this. Either the people reading this status update know exactly who you are talking about, or the people reading this status update don’t know who you are talking about, and quite frankly, they probably don’t care. Help stop wall pollution by refusing to publish this type of status update, and as a matter of fact, spread the word!

Your Vacation Pictures

This one is mostly directed at the ladies, but I can think of a few situations where it might affect the men, too. Look, I’m not here to judge you on what you do in your spare time, but I thought you might want to know that some of your vacation pictures – particularly ones of you at the beach – may end up on the Internet in places you would prefer they weren’t.

things you shouldnt post on facebook

You see, there’s a download link next to mostly every picture – real easy to find. Keep in mind that you may have added a few creeps on Facebook “just to be nice”, and they may have a tendency to make use of it. Also, like I mentioned above, anyone’s account could be compromised.

Oh, and this goes beyond your vacation pictures. Halloween is coming up pretty soon, too.

Conclusion

I obviously can’t tell you what to stop posting on Facebook, but I can do everything within my ability to explain why you should stop posting these things. It’s really your choice on the matter, but keep in mind that this advice goes for other social networks too (like Google+ and Twitter).

What types of things do you think people need to stop posting on Facebook? Do you disagree with any of the items mentioned above?

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Comments (48)
  • Aaron Couch

    Another one: ultrasounds and pregnant women’s bare stomachs. Not everyone wants to see these! That’s what family and close friends are for…

    • J. Lockhart

      I suppose so! I actually have never had a problem with it, but to each their own. Sorry for the delayed response, Aaron.

  • Loretta

    I have gotten so paranoid about the Face Book that I will not use it under my own name.

    • J. Lockhart

      Phew. Well. I’m sorry to hear that, Loretta. It is scary, but no worries. It’s not too bad : )

  • Loretta

    Here’s a good for the community:  A teacher was suspended because she “talked” about some confidential student stuff on her Face Book.  Even though her Face Book was set up for really family & really friends.  Someone betrayed her.  Now … on the other hand single female teachers can teach my children while she is unmarried, and working on the 2nd child.  Come on!  We are in a new age but how do you keep your children focused on the “no sex” before marriage or mature enough to handle it when  their teachers are waddling do the hall.  Sad! Simply sad!

    • Smumdax

      What’s the point of your comment about “single female unmarried and working on a 2nd child”… ?? We’re not in the 50’s anymore. There isn’t nothing wrong with sex before marriage, nor anything wrong with wanting a second child, even if not married. This is a very archaic point of vue, in my opinion at least.

      However, I DO agree that there is a time and age where we better wait to talk to our kids…. but you might not agree on me that the “right” time is forced on use when THEY (the kids) ask the questions.

    • J. Lockhart

      Good to see you on the comments again, Smumdax. Seems we got a little off topic, didn’t we? This may go into an entirely new direction. Phew.

    • J. Lockhart

      I hate about the suspension stuff, Loretta. Both my parents are teachers, but the classroom seems to cross over into other parts of their lives too.

  • Loretta

    I agree w/ many of the posters here.  Face Book is out of hand:  I had to virtually threaten to report a young woman who used some real slimey language.  I had warned her 1st & tried to talk to her but to no avail.  Finally, I let her know I was on the brink of filling a harassment & stalking charge if she did not get off my page w/ that garbage.

    • J. Lockhart

      As far as language goes, I don’t a problem with it… That’s something you just kind of have to ignore on your own. Not really my place to say anything, and besides, you added her as a friend. You can always delete her or hide her posts.

      This article is more about safety and minor nuisances like spam.

  • Milind

    Good tips!

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