Facebook Etiquette

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Facebook Etiquette

Facebook etiquette is something that is always in question. What is the correct thing to do and what are things that shouldn't be done to follow Facebook etiquette?

Chad Hyams, the voice behind many of our webinars, is known for getting on his soap box and sharing his thoughts openly. When he was asked about Facebook etiquette he jumped onto his soap box and shared this information in a blog that he wrote about the 7 Deadly Sins of Facebook that we will sum up for you here.


1)The Terrible Typo
Chad tells us that one of the biggest Facebook etiquette errors is the simple typo. Facebook helps with this by showing misspelled words. Now it is up to you to learn the difference between their/there and they’re!

2)Frequent Photos
Everyone wants to be seen and heard and we know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Facebook etiquette tells us not to post a photo with every single posting just to increase our engagement. When you have a photo to post, say something about it and when you have something to say, just say it and stop attaching photos for no reason.

3)Tagging Trauma
This is a challenge as many people want others to notice them so they tag people in their posts and photos. Follow Facebook etiquette and only tag people when they really are in the photo or they really were with you.

4)Endless Events
Realtors please note this one. You live in a different state than I do so please stop inviting me to your open house! Learn how to use groups, lists and filters and learn some limits on who is invited before you are uninvited from ever being on my wall of updates. Learn Facebook etiquette.

5)Group Growing
Groups are a great way to engage. Please don’t just add people for the sake of adding them. Ask them, invite them or message them before just adding people to groups and follow some form of Facebook etiquette.

6)Twitter Talk
Je ne comprends pas ce que vous dites. Facebook etiquette tells us to speak the language of the platform. Stop speaking Twitter and remove the hashtags and @ mentions.

7)Missing Person Profile Photo
Social media is a place for us to share with each other and get to know each other. If I were to bump into you in Starbucks would I know what you look like or is your profile photo of the sun, a pet or even worse, a saying? Facebook etiquette is clear on this one, your personal profile is you, so let us see you! It is ok if you are in the sun, with your pet or even a family member.

Read the full original posting about the 7 Deadly Sins of Facebook

Take a moment and let us know which of these you are guilty of and what you believe the biggest lack of Facebook etiquette is.


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Linda Holloway
Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central - Tampa, FL
REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here!

This is a great explanation of what to do and what not to do on Facebook.  Thank you for the great tips!

Jul 26, 2012 04:01 AM #40
Sean Babb, SFR
Keller Williams Team Realty - Clifton, NJ

Pete #27  I've often wondered how other people felt about the caps in their MLS comments. One of my MLS shows the comment as you put them being case sensitive. My other MLS automatically converts comments to all CAPS. I find the all CAPS ads in Craigslist to be rather annoying. If I'm going to read an ad I shouldn't feel like I"m being yelled at or that the ad is barking at me.


Great tips Ben! If more people use proper etiquette in these platforms, it makes for a better experience.

Jul 26, 2012 11:00 PM #41
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Oh how I wish Realtors everywhere would read this. I'm a Realtor and I hate when others post open houses over and over. I de-friend them. Keep it interesting, keep it real, keep it short!

Jul 27, 2012 09:47 AM #42
Samantha Smith
214.422.0729 www.SamIAmHouses.com - Rowlett, TX
Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate

great list! and I agree, please talk the language of the forum you're on ppl! 

Jul 30, 2012 05:54 AM #43
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

Ben - I am so tired of getting invited to events that are all the way across the country from me.  We all need to stay aware of what we are doing on all of our social media sites so that we are attracting friends not driving them away.

Jul 31, 2012 10:11 AM #44
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

We would add the political posturing to your list.  Maybe now the election is over it will slow down.

Nov 10, 2012 10:10 PM #45
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I am guilty of the Twitter language hash tags etc being used with Facebook. Got to keep them separate!

Nov 10, 2012 10:19 PM #46
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I love the number 7 one because it annoys me so much.  A person asks to be your friend and you don't know them or you may have known them in the past but need a reminder and they have a picture of their dog!  Or their grandkid!  Thanks for pointing this out.

Nov 10, 2012 11:07 PM #47
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Well said, great list, Missing Person Profile Photo is the biggest lack of Facebook etiquette for me.

Nov 10, 2012 11:13 PM #48
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Seems like Facebook is constantly evolving.  I try my best to keep my personal and business profiles separate and wish others would do the same.  Gets old having people advertise or constantly post their politics or religion on their page.

Nov 11, 2012 01:30 AM #49
Nancy Pav
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA
Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor

My pet peeve is #4.  I just unfriended somebody who was constantly inviting me to events and then every other day sent some sort of reminder.  Enough already!

Nov 11, 2012 07:01 AM #50
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

I love the one about photos.  I have some of the strangest images of people's Facebook photo.  If you want to hide why go on Facebook.

Nov 11, 2012 07:19 AM #51
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Good instructive post. I do a poor job, period, but especially with photos. Yikes.

Nov 11, 2012 08:56 AM #52
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Thanks for the Facebook tips.  I don't know much about using Facebook for marketing.

Nov 11, 2012 07:49 PM #53
IMSD Designation
Internet Marketing Specialist Designation - Kirkland, WA

Thanks for your responses everyone! It is great to hear so many of you recognize your opportunities with Facebook. Get out there and take some action!

Rob you are definitely right that Facebook is constantly evolving. We will try to keep you all updated with things as they change!

Nov 12, 2012 03:28 AM #54
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I really enjoyed reading your post. I try not to be guilty of any sins on Facebook. I respect the interface and try not to abuse it.

Nov 12, 2012 04:34 AM #55
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Glad to have read this one.  I'm about 90% not guilty.  I've posted one photo without getting a friends permission and was promptly requested to take it down - not going to do that again!  What seemed so innocent, without any intent on my part, ended up hurting a friends feelings.  Done with that!

Nov 12, 2012 06:14 AM #56
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I came back to read this and STILL think it's great stuff, and perhaps more on target than it was before.

Nov 12, 2012 11:33 AM #57
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Ben, I don't think that I have violated any of these, but it is always good to know the rules, before someone yells at you.

Nov 12, 2012 03:34 PM #58
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It is always good to plan ahead and save yourself from getting into trouble. Glad to see everyone reading this and implementing the guidelines.

Jan, it is lucky that first experience was with a friend. Live and learn.

Bob, ya we try to avoid the yelling as much as possible. But there is only so much as can stop Chad from yelling from his soap box at the end of class!

Nov 13, 2012 03:03 AM #59
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