I have a lot of Facebook friends. I was in college when Facebook came to fame so I have been collecting “friends” for about a decade now. (I previously had Myspace as well. My profile is actually still floating around somewhere in cyber space chilling with my Xanga.) All that to say, I don’t actually see many of my friend’s status updates. Out of the 1,000 or so friends I have on there, I see about 20-30 people. It has slowly evolved based on my preferences with an occasional break in the monotony if someone gets engaged or knocked up. So, how do you get the privilege of being in my newsfeed? By following the following, simple rules to being awesome on social media:
1) Limit pictures of food. I will accept 1-2 dinner pics and 1 really cool Pinterest recipe a month. After that, you’re just annoying. I like you, but I am not IN LIKE with you, therefore, I do not care what you had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. Were you fed? Rad. That’s good enough for me. If you’re without food, that’s when I care and am glad to help out.
2) Don’t overshare about your baby. I know. They’re cute. I have one. He’s freaking adorable. For real, his smile can cure many a disease, but I understand that you don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the Halloween pictures and I think it’s cool when you inform me that your child won smartest kid in DeKalb County, but there is a limit to what we really want to know about. The limit for me is bodily fluids. I don’t want to hear about anything that leaves your child’s body: poop, pee, vomit, snot. You can keep those details at your house. I also don’t want to hear about how exhausting your life at home with the little one is. I live in that life. I understand…and the childless women out there won’t really get it until they are there…and isn’t it more fun to surprise them anyway?
3) Check your facts before you hit share. If I have to Snopes your crap one more time, I think I may scream. Kennedy really was assassinated, Elvis is dead, Macaulay Culkin is alive. Let’s move on.
4) Don’t attack your spouse or bad-mouth your kids on social media. If you have something to say to them, call them. Did they block your number? Private message them. Don’t be tacky.
5) Save the boobies for the shower, not my newsfeed. That’s right, keep profanity and smutty pictures to yourself. This includes your profile picture, lame brain! Respect yourself, or at least respect my marriage enough to cover yourself in pictures my husband or son might see.
6) Don’t post anything that says “LIKE OR SHARE.” They’re typically stupid or political, two things I can’t stand on social media. Have an original thought about the subject? I’ll fancy a listen, but just sharing every anti Obama you see is annoying. I get it. You don’t like him. He’s not my favorite either, but tell me why.
7) Just say no to abortion posts. Let’s just get it straight…no one wants to see pictures of dead babies. It doesn’t matter where you fall on the subject. Nor do we want to see pictures of cute babies with words like “Don’t Kill Me” written on them. Or the pregnant woman saying, “I am glad I had a CHOICE!” You are either making me want to hurl or cry. No. Just no.
8) Get rid of uninformed political posts that appear the day of the election, disappear for two years, and then magically appear again. Do you follow politics year round? Awesome, I want to hear from you. Did you run to the ballot so you could vote straight down our party line or run and vote for someone who looked like you? I don’t want to hear from you. Just “shhhhhh” and look pretty.
9) Know that whatever you are selling, I’m not buying. I am sure it is wonderful. It may be life changing. Here’s the deal, I live a pretty simple life. We don’t own much…and I am happy with it. I am not going to buy your product. I am really not…and I am super annoyed when you add me to a group without my permission solely for the basis of getting my money. I feel like you owe me coffee or something first before you hit me up for $80 foot cream.
10) I don’t want to play a game or try a quiz. I just don’t. No.
So, it’s really pretty simple. Happy updating, friends!