6 Facebook faux pas worth knowing
Facebook faux pas 1: Keep the baby pics lovely - and limited
It's one thing to start discovering the joy of posting pics of your pride and joy - it's quite another to post 200 of them. Yes, we are interested in seeing your precious bundle, but probably not as much as you hope. We are especially not interested in seeing pictures of nappies or babies eating. Food smeared all over a baby's face is truly something only a mother can love. The rule is: if you wouldn't post a picture of an adult in the same situation, don't do the same to your baby!
Facebook faux pas 2: Don't tag a friend unless she thinks the pic is good
No-one likes seeing a bad photo of themselves, even if they are standing next to someone who looks fabulous. Just because you like how you appear in a photo doesn't mean you should tag all your friends who may not be so happy with their own appearance. Whenever you tag someone in a photo it goes into an automated live feed that friends of your friend can see. Of course if she's Facebook clued up, your friend will have blocked tagged photos completely, so as to avoid an accidental photo tag disaster, but chances are she hasn't (see privacy settings below), so you're better off only tagging your friend when she's looking her best.
Facebook faux pas 3: The obsessed mum
We all know that when you have a baby your world shrinks to the size of your newborn. It's an amazing time in your life and you're right to share it with your friends on Facebook. This only becomes an issue when breastfeeding, nappy changes and baby sleep are the only things you ever talk about with your friends. While mummy-friends are the lifeblood of all new mums, it's not worth alienating those non-parent buddies who you hope will be inviting you to dinner parties, barbecues and social events once you get past the dirty nappies and dummies stage of life.
Facebook faux pas 4: The embarrassing mum
OK, we're probably all guilty of this one because, well, kids are so darn funny at times! Occasionally posting a wall post about your son's toilet training mishaps, the time your toddler asked you where babies come from while in the supermarket checkout queue, or uploading the picture of your baby's first solid food disaster is just part of the fun of social networking. Be careful though that you're not developing a rep for being 'that mum', who ONLY posts when her kids say, or do, something embarrassing. Remember, it might come back to bite you when your kids are old enough to get their own Facebook profiles and post about the 'annoying things my mum does'.
Facebook faux pas 5: Not turning on privacy settings
It's astounding how many people don't take advantage of privacy settings to stop unwanted geezers or marketing companies from ogling all aspects of their Facebook lives. But when your kids are involved, there's no excuse not to! It's easy enough to do to - simply go to the 'account' menu in the top right hand corner and select 'privacy settings'. Also, make sure you always set the privacy settings of your facebook photo albums too. The default is for them to be available to everyone - that means the whole internet, potentially, so it's worth making the effort to protect your family.
Facebook faux pas 6: The baby profile
You probably much prefer the gazillion photos of your too-cute bub than the three of you that you would consider uploading as your profile pic, but your Facebook page is YOUR page, not your new baby's, pet dog or even your potted cactus. Sure changing your profile picture is fun, but just remember that only ever uploading photos of your baby as your mug shot gets a bit old, just like your 'Rachel from Friends' haircut in that profile pic in the 1990s!