Facebook etiquette: Not on my timeline
Stephanie McCratic | On 30, Apr 2013
Pardon me while I get on my Facebook etiquette soapbox for a minute.
I don’t know if you’ve had this happen, but recently an acquaintance, ACQAINTANCE, from high school, which for me was 20 years ago, posted a sales pitch on my Facebook timeline for his car sales business.
It said something like:
If you’re looking for a new car I’ve got lots of great deals at XYZ Chevroford Sales in downtown Bryantville. Some under $30,000! Come see me this weekend for $200 off.
This was my response in a private message:
Hey [Jack], You’re fine to ask people to post for you, but it is overly presumptive to post the sales pitch directly on someone else’s timeline. Best of luck to you, but I have deleted your post.
Why was I offended?
Because posting your pitch directly on someone else’s timeline is the social equivalent of running into a big party at a stranger’s house and yelling, “BUY MY THING!!!” and then running back out the door.
No, sir. Don’t do that.
How to respond
- Be polite
- Be firm
I’m still learning I don’t have to be sugary sweet all the time. In fact, sometimes being sugary sweet prolongs the issue unnecessarily. Polite and firm = efficient and fair. I am not a doormat, and I am not a bitch. It’s a thin line.
Facebook is changing the rules of etiquette, but the basic principles still apply.
Have you had anything like this happen?
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