Facebook makes connecting people easy. Sharing pictures and life events is easy that kids can do it. You can easily broadcast what is on your mind by updating your status. Facebook status updates are now part of people’s everyday life.
You can put whatever you want on your Facebook status updates. But, just because you can does not mean you should. There are Facebook status updates that can damage your reputation and make people hate you. Even if you think your Facebook status updates are harmless, you can still annoy people. You can seriously damage your likability factor if you mindlessly post Facebook status updates.
There are thousands of articles out on the web that warns you what not to post on your Facebook status updates. But if you follow everything that warns you not to post, you might as well not post anything.
So what are the guidelines on what to properly post on your Facebook status updates and still retain your likability? Here are 8 types of Facebook status updates that you can safely post without damaging your likability factor.
1. Vacation photos
Vacation photos are pretty standard and everyone understands the reasoning why you post it. Everyone does it too whenever they go for a vacation. People may also find your vacation pictures interesting and informative. It may help them decide their next vacation spot.
However, remember to combine your vacation pictures in a single album. Do not post individual pictures on separate status updates. This will flood your friends’ newsfeed with your posts and irritate them.
Remove blurred pictures and almost similar pictures. Including these pictures make people swipe to the next picture faster and ignore other attention-worthy pictures. They will feel like looking at these blurred and redundant pictures as waste of time.
People will understand why you post achievements. Most will feel happy for you, except for your insecure friends. Just ignore the negativity and bask in the glory of your success. You will get a lot of likes and congratulations for these kind of posts. As much as possible, individually thank the people who congratulated you. They took the time to post their admiration and make you feel special, the least you can do is thank them individually.
A warning, though. Do not overdo it and do not make it seem like you are bragging. One or two posts about your success is enough. Constantly posting about your success makes you look like a braggadocio.
Found something that made you laugh? Go ahead and post it on your Facebook status update. Everybody loves a good laugh. While not everyone laughs at the same jokes, pictures, or videos, there are people like you who will find it equally funny.
When you post funny status updates, people will see you as a fun person who likes to laugh. Fun people are easy to get along with.
Again, a warning. While funny posts are likable, do not overdo it. When sharing something funny, note the date and year of the original post if it is relatively new. You may have seen it for the first time, but chances are, a good number of your friends already saw it months, or even years ago if the post is too old.
4. Interesting life experiences or events
The keyword here is “interesting.” A birthday is interesting. So is a 25th wedding anniversary. A 19th monthsary is not. So is a broken finger nail.
If you are posting an uninteresting life event, your friends will see you as just looking for attention. While you may look at a 25th anniversary post as also looking for attention, it is, however, an attention-worthy post.
In addition, if you have an interesting life event, do not leave your friends hanging on a cliffhanger. Do not post something like “7 days to go!” and leave everybody wondering what is it. When you intend to invoke suspense, you should at least answer the questions in the comments section. Do not do a “click and run.”
5. Something interesting you found on the web
You may post something useful or some groundbreaking discovery that people may find value. Keep in mind that what you post reflects your personality. For instance, if you post science-related articles, your friends will see you as a science fan. Make sure what you post reflects who you are and what you want your attitude to project.
Remember to check the source of the information. The web is sprawling with made-up articles just to get clicks. You can check out Snopes.com to check the reliability of the news. If the rumor reached your newsfeed, chances are, it is already in Snopes.com.
“Like and share” photos does not count, either. No, you will not help an ill child if you hit the like button. Donating to charity will. You will not go to hell if you ignore the picture. Your life will just go on. You will not get rich if you share the photo. Hard work, perseverance, and luck will.
However, do not expect a lot of “likes” if you are sharing a link. When a person clicks on the link, he will be redirected to a website where there is no “like” button or it is placed somewhere the reader is not familiar with. When the reader goes back to Facebook, the newsfeed probably refreshed already and he would not find the post anymore.
6. Picture with celebrities
Pictures with celebrities are OK to post. It can also be categorized under “interesting life event.” Usually, people hate “brag” posts. This situation does not fall under “brag” posts because it was luck that got you the picture. You and the celebrity were at the right place at the right time.
Post it once and let it go. If you got several pictures of the celebrity, do not post the different pictures everyday. If you do that, then it falls under the “brag” category.
7. Your blog
Promoting your blog is also an acceptable Facebook post. You spend time and resources to build your website, it is just apt that you promote it. As long as your blog is generally safe to view, you may put it on your status update.
Like other posts, you should limit your blog promotion. Do not flood your friends’ newsfeed with your blog promotion, or they might block you.
8. Acts of kindness
Posts that show your altruism is a very welcome post. Even if your Facebook friend dislikes you, he can not say anything bad about your good deeds. If he does, then his Facebook friends will dislike him instead.
However, any post can be categorized under the “brag” post if overdone. Do not post the same act of selflessness over and over. One status update per act of kindness is enough. Otherwise, you are viewed as just trying to get attention.
9. Your on-going education
Trying to learn something new? Photography? Calligraphy? Post it on your status update. Show your work. However, learn to accept criticism. Some people are quick to judge and gives you destructive criticisms even if they do not know anything about your newfound hobby. Listen, but learn to ignore the negativity.
While the list above is good for Facebook status updates, anything overdone is annoying. Remember to vary your posts. You may post something you have done impressive today, but post about another thing the next time.
When posting status updates, put yourself in your friends’ perspective and imagine what they may think about your post. If you can accept what your friends might think, whether positive or negative, then go ahead and click on the “post” button.
On a closing note, “like” your friends’ updates. All of them, even if you dislike the person or disagree with the status update. Yes, you read that right – even if you disagree with it, if you can handle it. At first, you may cringe upon liking something you disagree with, but after a while, you get used to it.
Some will claim that they do not care how many likes their post gather. But inside, they will still appreciate the likes you have given them. Liking a friend’s update status gives rapport. Your likability factor boosts up when you like someone’s update. The great thing about it is, you do not have to pay anything to give likes and get rapport. It is free. So be generous in handing out likes.
The only exceptions to liking a status update is if it is a hate post or if you think the person posted something that he does not want to be “liked.” There are people like that. I remember someone posting a selfie lying on a hospital bed undergoing an IV therapy. When people “liked” his status update, he commented that he now knows who wanted to see him suffering. He even scolded his Facebook friends to “think before you click.” Apparently, he thinks that rule applies to everyone except him.
Have anything to add? Do you have any suggestions? Post it in the comments section below.