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How to Better Use Facebook for Social Networking

Samyak Lalit | February 17, 2012 (Last update: November 10, 2014)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Facebook is an extremely powerful social networking tool. There are more than one billion users hooked onto this platform. They share their lives with their friends using Facebook; but have you ever thought if you’ve been using Facebook so as to harvest its full potential? Here is a list of suggestions that will help you in becoming a power-user of Facebook social networking.

Mind your language

Just like in our real life, we have a persona on Facebook. Just because people can’t see you –it does not mean that your words don’t convey messages about your personality. So, be careful about your language on Facebook. Remember, once you’ve written anything anywhere on Internet, it will never go away completely. You should use the language that you would be comfortable to share with your family as well.

Regularly update your status

Again as in real life, you cannot afford the habit of disappearing for long periods without a word. If that is how you use Facebook, it is better not to use it. Facebook is a serious tool and it should be taken likewise. If you don’t have time or interest for your “Facebook Life” it would be better if you stay in your real life because online social networking will not click for you.

Don’t post too many updates!

People hate flood-makers. If you make an update on Facebook and expect people to read and comment on it, you need to be a bit patient. Quickly making too many status updates does confuse your readers as before they can think about your present update –another one pops up! Such a situation happen mostly with those who tend to share videos, articles and other stuff with their friends. I would suggest that you be more choosy in selecting what you want to share and let your friends breathe. Posting too many things is a waste of efforts.

Make sensible updates

Social networking is all about meeting new and interesting people. Your updates might be liked a lot by your friend circle –but if they are nonsensical –trust me you’ll find it difficult to make friends with new people (especially with those who matter). Your updates should be coherent, sensible and, if possible, interesting.

It’s not always about sharing videos and articles

Facebook’s updates are essentially for informing your friends about what you are up to. So, it would be interesting if you keep posting about what you are doing and stuff like that. Only keep sharing videos and articles all the time –makes your updates monotonous after a while. And then not all people are equally interested in your shared stuff. It’s better to also include suitable personal stuff in yours updates. Please note that I have said “suitable personal stuff”. There are certain things that you should never share on Facebook.

Keep profile information complete and true

While you may choose to hide some of the information –but never give wrong information. If you are looking for new friends, it is important to tell what exactly you do in your life. People often tend to be friends with those who have common interests. Such information can be deduced by your profession and hobbies.

Join only groups that you really like

Don’t bug yourself down by the burden of a large number of groups (most of which you never visit anyway!). The groups also show your interests.

Post a nice profile picture

It would be great if it is real. But if for some reason you don’t want to post your real picture –make sure you are not posting photos of movie stars. This looks very immature. If you’re shy, you may click several selfies when you’re alone and put up the best picture as display picture in your profile.


One response to “How to Better Use Facebook for Social Networking”

  1. manoj kumar singh says:

    jab tak manaw apani rosani charo disha mai nahi deta taab tak ushka jeewan adhura rahata hai. aaj eshi ka fhal hai ki har manaw ekk dhushrey ka khoon ka payasha hai. jiski wajah se aaj pure sansar mai andhera bana huwa hai. hamemeelkar dur karna hoga aab samay aa chukahai.

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