facebookYou would think by now we all know the general rules of what to post and what not to post on social networking sites like Facebook. But let us not forget that there is always someone getting on Facebook for the first time today and knows none of the rules. Or, you know, someone who is just stupid. But it's amazing to me when people break the rules of Facebook common sense. For instance, taking a picture of a big pile of cash and then posting it on your wall. I'm not making that up.

A 17-year-old girl was visiting her grandmother in Sydney, Australia, and helped granny count up her savings. So she snapped a picture of the cash and -- posted it to Facebook! Ey, ey, ey. My head gonna 'splode. I guess it's not too surprising that, seven hours later, at the girl's house (which was 75 miles away from granny), some burglars broke in looking for the pile of cash. The girl's mother, who was home (and didn't have the pile of cash), convinced the robbers that the girl no longer lived there. So they robbed the mom and took off.

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BUT! You're thinking. This girl must have had some baaaaad friends. MY friends are so nice and non-burglarish. Okay, fine. Maybe you know every single person on your list. And you know every single one of them inside and out. But let's just say one of these good friends happens to be looking at your picture of a pile of cash, and then walks to the fridge for a moment, and your good friend's bad, burglarish-type friend takes a peek at the page. Know what I'm sayin'? You just never know. So let's keep it safe.

Here's 6 common sense rules for Facebook:

Don't show off your expensive new purchases. I actually had to call a relative once and tell her this after she posted lots of pictures of her brand new enormous plasma screen television. Sigh.

Don't post pictures if you've got expensive stuff in the background. You. In your living room. Holding your cat. A Degas hanging on the wall behind you. Really?!

Don't let people know you're on vacation. I know you sooooo badly want to let everyone know you're in Paris or Bora Bora, but can't you do that once you get back?!

Ask friends not to tag you when you're out with them. This is one I have to do all of the time now. Please, guys, can we not let everyone know I'm not home? I live in New York, fahcrissakes!

Ask your friends if it's okay before tagging them with photos. I suspect this one will never catch on, but not all photos are flattering. And not everyone wants their list to know they were out guzzling margaritas until 2 a.m. Say, "Mind if I tag you?" before doing so.

Don't bitch about your job. Even if none of your coworkers or your boss is on your friends list, what if you ever need a new job? Don't let it get around that you're a job whiner.

What other common sense rules do you suggest?

 

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