Social media is quite the hot topic in the writing world these days … and at my house. My tween is entering the terrifying world of the internet, and I’m not happy about it.
Before she gets to engage in a particular social venue, I’ve decided that she has to read through and sign a contract (what can I say? My dad was a lawyer and my sister and I had to sign contracts for everything). Email wasn’t too big of a deal, but now she’s talking Facebook. So here’s my rough draft of Facebook Rules:
1. Do not put any personal information on Facebook. In fact, put fake personal information on FB in the manner of a CIA spy.
2. Set a time limit (or I will set one for you). Otherwise you will enter the vortex of the great time suck.
4. When you have a significant other, do not write weirdly personal love notes on their timeline. That is what messaging is for.
5. Do not complain about your job, brag about how you have a new job or how you’ve pulled one over on your boss. Facebook is on the internet (shocking, I know) and your work will find out.
6. Do not post food pictures. Ever. Unless you are at a three star Michelin restaurant and then you can post one picture.
7. Be nice. Make people’s day better when they read what you’ve written.
8. Conversely, don’t be annoying (i.e. showoff, snark, complain, post more than 3 times a day, etc.).
9. Be real but present a professional image of yourself. Save the really ugly and shocking stuff for your diary. Nobody wants to read that stuff.
As a writer, I know many of use Facebook as a professional tool, but I think some of these rules can still apply. What code do you follow with the FB beast?