5 Things You Need to Stop Posting on Facebook

Joshua Lockhart 03-10-2011

things you shouldnt post on facebookWe’ve discussed things that annoy Dave on Twitter The Five Most Annoying Things People Do On Twitter Twitter also has a darker side. It is filled with annoying idiots who seem to tweet for the sole purpose of making everyone who has the misfortune of meeting them annoyed. These are the places... Read More , 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

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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

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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!”

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

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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?


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 How Do Social Networks Make Money Read More .

Impersonal Personal Messages

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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

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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.

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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.


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 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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  1. Aaron Couch
    November 16, 2011 at 2:43 am

    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
      December 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

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

  2. Loretta
    October 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

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

    • J. Lockhart
      October 18, 2011 at 2:47 am

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

  3. Loretta
    October 18, 2011 at 12:55 am

    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
      October 18, 2011 at 1:04 am

      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
        October 18, 2011 at 2:50 am

        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
      October 18, 2011 at 2:49 am

      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.

  4. Loretta
    October 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

    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
      October 18, 2011 at 2:52 am

      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.

  5. Milind
    October 15, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Good tips!

    • J. Lockhart
      October 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Thanks, Milind!

  6. Gus88
    October 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I just love it when someone has to type out all of what they are planning to do all day.
    They say thier gonna work out,but my guess they never seen a gym.Then after the gym they are going grocery shopping.My guess junk food Ice cream and chocolet all to be eaten that day.

    • J. Lockhart
      October 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Maybe! Because of Facebook, we seem to project more interesting (and healthier) versions of ourselves.

  7. Sarahjane1886
    October 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I agree with the vague references to vague topics that only one or two people seem to understand.  Why post if it's only for a few friends?  Especially if you have 200 friends who have no idea what you're talking about?  And if you are dumb enough to post that you are leaving home for a month, then you deserve what you get!

    • J. Lockhart
      October 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

      Haha. Well, I'd hate for anyone to lose anything or have anything stolen, but it is ridiculous about the vague topics!

  8. Anonymous
    October 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    How do I get rid of location showing up in my posts all the time?

    • J. Lockhart
      October 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Hmmm. Sorry for the late response. I can't find a way. I'm looking, though. I checked everything on my privacy, but there doesn't seem to be any information regarding it.

      • Anonymous
        October 12, 2011 at 12:02 am

        Oh don't worry about the late reply but I clicked off showing my location once on the app and it seemed to work and now no longer posts my location every time I add a status update.

        • J. Lockhart
          October 13, 2011 at 12:02 am

          I was actually viewing it on my laptop : ] I found a way to remove it on there, though. You just have to delete it in the status update panel. I'm glad you figured it out, though.

  9. Heiko
    October 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    People have too much time on their hands. That's why they post any of the above. Or write articles about what not to post on FB ...

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Or read such articles... or comment on them?

      • Aibek
        October 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        good one! :)

  10. J. Lockhart
    October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    This comment was meant for Peter, but I messed it up.

  11. Peter
    October 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

    "I obviously can’t tell you what to stop posting on Facebook" - Isn't that exactly what you just did?

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      "...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..."

  12. John JeiJei
    October 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I really hate FB's newest layout.. you end up watching on top, for hours at the time, the same poorly taken photo of a kitten just because there are 100 people that go "awww" at it.. >_>

    As for what people should not be posting.. Frankly, some of them should not be posting anything, that's why i love to "hide all posts of this user".

    But mostly, people need to stop posting 1000 similar photos of their pet/kid/gf/bf.. I love cats, i love dogs, i have two beautiful kid nephews, i've had several gf's since i joined FB.. however, i do not feel the need to share every silly photo of them, especially if there are already 1000 identical ones already up. Maybe it's the photographer in me talking, not agreeing to show all the "mistakes" it takes to get a decent picture, though..

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      It's true. People don't post only the good pictures. They post every single one! 

  13. Julius Leachman III
    October 4, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Though I do agree on location, tech toys, and payment system (that was an annoying one) and the impersonal messages, it sounds, to me, like someone need to find "Unsubscribe" or "Hide Post" option on their New Feed...

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 5:12 am

      Oh trust me. I don't use those features sparingly.

      • Julius Leachman III
        October 4, 2011 at 5:19 am

        Just making sure. I made it a mission to de-crap my feed of what I don't like. But, like you replied a few comments up, everything in moderation...

        • J. Lockhart
          October 4, 2011 at 5:28 am

          Except for posts about Facebook's new payment system. That goes in the Never category. As a matter of fact, the Never Ever category seems even more proper.

        • Julius Leachman III
          October 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

          Haha, better yet, not even in hell!

  14. Zorp311
    October 4, 2011 at 2:37 am

    My favorite thing to not post on facebook, is anything.

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 5:13 am

      Very, very nice Zorp311.

  15. Smumdax
    October 4, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Reading this article (and the added comments), I wonder.... what should we post about then? How about making a similar list, but this time focusing on what we should post that isn't an issue :)

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 5:11 am

      I think that there are plenty of things you can post besides your each and every location, TMI about your tech toys, fake chain statuses, passive-aggressive messages, and overly-revealing photos. The first two could be posted in moderation, but the last three... phew.

      • Smumdax
        October 4, 2011 at 5:19 am

        Of coure there are plenty of things.... But I'm waiting for a list. I want a concrete list, not just "Hey man, there are stuff you can post"... Of course... then tell me.

        • J. Lockhart
          October 4, 2011 at 5:29 am

          You really want a list?

        • Smumdax
          October 4, 2011 at 5:31 am

          Why not ? You made a list of "what not to post"... why not have a list of "what's okay to post" ?

        • J. Lockhart
          October 4, 2011 at 5:41 am

          This sounds fantastic. I can't guarantee anything, but I like the idea a lot. We'll see what happens.

  16. ScottK
    October 4, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I think you missed the point on vacation pictures - I don't think they necessarily meant ANY vacation pictures, but particularly revealing pictures, the kind some pervert might get their a thrill out of posting for other pervs to drool over. The same kind of care should be taken with posting pictures of children, particularly in various stages of undress. They might be cute to most people, but they may become part of some sicko's kiddie porn collection.

    As a practicing passive-aggressive, I have to disagree on the vague impersonal personal messages. That's what facebook exists for as far as I'm concerned. :)

    The one that's really annoying me right now is the "october has five sat-sun-mon this year, which won't happen again for 836 years (even though it happens again in 2016) so post this on your status for good luck" thing. It really destroys what little faith I have left for some of my "friends".

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 5:09 am

      Thanks for clearing that up, ScottK. I agree with pictures of children. They are adorable, but there are some people out there that find them just a little more than that. It's no good. As for the passive-aggressiveness... I'll just go grumble in a corner.

      By the way, share this article 5 times and ask your friends to do the same. When it gets to 100,000 people, all your wishes will come true. Hurry! This only happens once every 5,136 years!

  17. Agustin
    October 4, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I don't agree with the one about vacation pictures. If there are people who use my pictures for a strange use, it's not my fault... I agree with the rest!

    One thing I hate is people posting what they are eating, drinking or cooking: "Mmm ice-cream", "Barbecue with my friends", "Baking a chicken". That's so stupid, I don't care about what you are going to eat!

    • J. Lockhart
      October 4, 2011 at 5:07 am

      Yep, Agustin. Refer to ScottK's comment. I was trying to be subtle about it, but you have to be careful with it anyway. People hack Facebook profiles all the time, it seems like.

      However, we agree on the "Mmm ice cream" types of posts!

    • Upickthename
      October 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      your friends might think you look good in your new bikini but how would you feel if ths same picture was interceded by a "kook" who took the bikini off you and distributed it?

      • J. Lockhart
        October 15, 2011 at 7:19 am

        Yep. I forgot about Photoshop.