Earlier this week, Cracked.com published a list of the 10 Commandments of Facebook. They followed the common practice of putting out a numbered list, which is something that is a known strategy to getting dugg and driving traffic. While the point of the article is to make snarky comments about people’s Facebook use and some of the ridiculous things that show up on the site, these 10 Commandments really are a list of best practices on Facebook. While not being holier than thou, this is primarily how I function in Facebook.
If you want to read their humorous, and not entirely appropriate for children, descriptions of the most egregious abuses of each of these commandments, here’s a link to the article. And in the interest of full disclosure, I read Cracked magazine as a kid, and I can’t believe it is still around.
1. Thou Shalt Not List Every Movie, TV Show, Band and Book You Have Ever Heard Of In Your Profile
2. Thou Shalt Not “Poke” Indiscriminately
3. Thou Shalt Not “Friend” People You Don’t Actually Know
4. Thou Shalt Not Use A Wall As A Private Messaging Function
5. Thou Shalt Not Join A Billion Groups
6. Thou Shalt Not Use Stupid Apps
7. Thou Shalt Not Give “Gifts”
8. Thou Shalt Not Contact People From Your Distant Past While Intoxicated
9. Thou Shalt Not Update Thy Status Message If Thine Status Hath Not Changed (Or If You Have Nothing Clever To Say)
10. Thou Shalt Not Act Like You’re On MySpace