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Five Mistakes You Need to Stop Making on Facebook

Yes, it's a real group. No, it's not funny.
Yes, it's a real group. No, it's not funny.

As Facebook marches onward toward 1 billion users (yes, billion with a "b"), it is understandable that people make mistakes on the social networking monster. You know that thing where your friend joins Facebook and immediately starts sending you a hundred requests for Farmville because "It's so much fun!"? But that can be excused under the "newbie doctrine."

The problem is repeat offenders. You know them. They keep doing things over and over that make you cringe and force you to block their feeds. Often, they are high school friends you haven't spoken to in years. Other times, they are relatives you can't un-follow, but really, really want to.

For all of those people, here are five common mistakes they need to correct immediately. Post it on their walls. They will thank you later.

5. Posting photos of yourself drunk I don't mean a cute pic of you holding a glass of red wine or some champagne on New Year's Eve. I am amazed at how many people post shots of themselves absolutely hammered. Hundreds of articles have been posted about how employers check social media profiles before hiring new employees. So why, no matter how cool that night with your bros was, do you insist on posting that shot of you passed out on an old sofa next to a beer bong? Cut it out.

4. Repeatedly sending out event invites and app requests I don't mind getting occasional requests for bands I like or artists with show openings, but when you send me an invite for every single seminar, wine tasting, social media event, art opening and happy hour you are hosting, I'm probably going to have to block you. Even worse are the app requests. I don't want to join the BranchOut professional network on Facebook. I already have enough of those kind of connections with people I don't know on LinkedIn.

3. One-track posting I get that you are really into politics (or your puppy or your husband or the food you eat), but is that all you think about? When your entire wall is covered in links to stories from Fox News or photos of your dog or write-ups on every item of food you've eaten in the last year, I have to question your sanity...and un-subscribe from your feed.   2. TMI The only thing more odd than drunk photos are incessant posts that overshare about things that should be private. I don't need to know every detail of your love life or witness fights between you and your former BFF. That's what Twitter is for.

1. Tagging ugly photos of others Just stop doing this. No one likes it. In fact, everyone hates it, especially when the photo is of that person in a pose similar to number five on this list. Don't be surprised, if you tag people, that a really unflattering shot of you shows up on Facebook before too long. When you un-tag yourself, consider the irony.


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