Facebook is all in all a fun and positive thing. Thanks to Facebook I received urgent technical help when I needed it, I learned languages, I met interesting people and I even found a great job. Of course, it is also a great time-waster, but when used wisely, it is lovely. I don’t give a damn about privacy concerns – if I don’t want something to be known, I won’t post it online. In fact, I’d love Facebook to be more public.
But I do have certain ideas about politeness on Facebook. Everyone has the right to have them, but these are mine. I wish there was a convenient way to post them directly on Facebook, but since there isn’t, I am posting them here. Comments are welcome. This page is bound to change at any time without notice.
- If I uploaded a photo of you that you don’t like, email me and I shall remove it as soon as possible.
- Feel free to correct me if I make any mistake in spelling, logic, judgment or anything else.
- Feel free to remove me from your friends without explanation, no questions asked.
- Feel free to write your status updates in any language. Language variety is a Good Thing.
- I occasionally invite people to groups and events when it seems relevant. I never invite everyone. You nevertheless have the right to decline the invitation without any explanation, no questions asked.
- I change my birth date every year so that it will match the date in the Hebrew calendar. Hebrew calendar is cool.
- If I write a status update in a language which isn’t English or Hebrew, I usually do my best to formulate it in such a way that Google Translate will translate it correctly into English. So try Google Translate, it’s fun. In any case, feel free to ask me for translation.
- I write the English word “I” with a small letter, because I don’t believe that I deserve a capital letter any more than you do.
I always reed the “Live feed”, because I don’t count on Facebook robots to decide what’s interesting and what is not. I do it because I respect You, my Facebook friends and I want to read the precious status updates which you bother writing.Unfortunately, I don’t read the live feed any more. I just don’t have time for it.
- I block all applications on sight. That includes, but is not limited to, surveys, quizzes, games, fortune-telling, and quote generators. This means that when you fill up a quiz or a survey and add a personal note to the results I will probably not see it. Sorry. These things waste too much space on my Wall. Consider writing them as a status update.
- I prefer receiving personal messages as true email and not as messages through Facebook. It is quite likely that I won’t even reply to them. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Use it, please. However, if it’s not personal, feel free to post it on my Wall.
- If you tag me in a generic image where you tag all your friends, I will remove myself from it. If you’ll do it often, I’ll probably unfriend you.
- I reserve the right to unfriend anyone without notice. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like you. If you want to get back on my friend list, don’t be shy and request it.
- There are interesting groups on Facebook, but please don’t invite me to join a group unless you have a reason to invite me to that particular group and even then please add a personal note that explains why do you think that this group is relevant to me. This includes inviting me to become a “fan” of anything. In particular, I don’t join these types of groups:
Gilad Shalitand the Holocaust. Not because I don’t respect them, but because I do.
- Current TV shows. I don’t watch TV since about 2003. I may consider becoming a fan of an earlier show.
- Musicians whom I don’t know. I understand that there are many musicians who are talented, but not popular. But if you want to introduce me to such a musician, please bother to write a personal note and not just to invite me to be his fan along with the rest of your friends.
- “If a 100 people will join this group, then Dan Cohen will shave his ugly beard” and anything like it.
- “Who looked at my profile.”
- “Palestine is not a country”, “Israel is not country”, etc.
- Searching for jobs and apartments. Especially in Tel-Aviv.
- “A cute kitten is looking for a warm home.”
- “Death penalty to children murderers!!!!..”
- Anything related to military service.