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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Facebook Etiquette

I'm relatively new to Facebook. I signed up last November and, while the first few days seemed like a part time job, have spent little time on it. I get on it maybe once a week or so, sometimes I go longer between Facebooking sessions, but whatever. Although, if I really applied myself, I could spend 8 hours a day on it with all the quizzes and people to write to or make fun of. The possibilities are endless, is all I'm saying.

Now, this long and boring introduction is actually leading us somewhere. Because I don't spend a lot of time on Facebook I sometimes wonder if I'm maybe unaware of what is okay and what is not okay. And what is just down right tacky. And I'm looking to all my loyal readers to help me with all things Facebook.

The other day I got an event invite. This wasn't the first time I've gotten an invite to an event. It's just that it's usually for various house parties, bag parties, The Mrs. Utah pageant. Things that I would expect to get through Facebook. But the other day I got a wedding invitation. For the actual wedding. From someone I haven't seen or spoken to since high school. And I was......surprised? Perplexed? Is that normal? Do people do this and I've just been excluded all these months? Honestly, I'm not judging (yet), I'm just asking.

So, I'm looking for opinions. Strange, since I'm usually the one sharing them instead of asking for them. But I really want to know.....what do you think about this?

Also, Twitter. To tweet or not to tweet.....convince me. As a side note, I think if I told CG that I twooted, he would laugh like a school girl.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's true, I would laugh like a school girl! --CG

hairyshoefairy said...

I'm don't do facebook at all - though I do have an account which I made inactive after I didn't visit it for months. Anyway, what I'm saying is I'm a FB novice, too, but that just seems tacky to me. Unless it's for something informal like the parties you mentioned I think it should require actual tangible announcements/invitations. Just my opinion. Weird.

hairyshoefairy said...

Also? I think I'm too long winded to tweet. But you probably already knew that.

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

Im of no help as I dont do facebook and I dont tweet.....geez Im really out of the loop!!! But I do agree with hairyshoefairy I think invites like that should be made thru an actual invitation!!! I will be back though to see what the experts have to say...you know in case one day I decide to get into the "loop"

Anonymous said...

I think the same rules for regular invitations apply to the internet. People will judge how serious you are about your marriage by the way you present yourself via your invites. If it is an event important in your life that you want to share with your friends, you will send a serious invitation. If your gettin' hitched and are looking for some fun, send it out over the internet, tweet or twoot your friends and for those special friends and family, paste on your wall and see what develops. Sorry for the sarcasm, but I don't think we're so technically dependent that every thing needs to be done on the internet now and forget any decorum, because we're just too busy to do anything else. :D

Suzie said...

Facebook wedding invitation? Tacky! That's all I'm saying on that one. As for Twitter. . . I really don't get the point. All you do is post what you're doing. Seems pointless to me. People spending all their time telling people what they're doing rather than have an actual human conversation or (gasp!) just going out and living your life. And let's not forget someone we all know who posted on his WEDDING NIGHT. Seriously! What has the world come to. Again, that's all I'm saying.

Mayhem said...

Guess you could call me Faceless - because I refuse to enter the world of Facebook. Anything that removes you from reality and sucks you into a virtual world for possibly hours on end - can *not* be healthy.

As for a virtual wedding invitation - you should only attend if the wedding is to be held in that virtual world. Otherwise the invite is kinda tacky, and lacking real world manners / etiquette.

Michelle said...

I'm dying to know who invited you via Facebook!! Is it someone I know?

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Okay, so I took a closer look at the invitation and it seems to be less tacky than I originally thought. Although all the invite info is there and asks for an RSVP, in the fine print it says to send her your address if you want an invite. Thoughts???

peewee said...

It;s kinda weird. I've personally never heard of a wedding invite from FB! Usually events are posted to get the word out to people. Like when I do a yoga retreat...it's easier than group emails! I honestly ignore almost all of them because if its a good friend who's party I'd actually attend, I'd already know about it and be invited.

Maybe your friend just wants to rack up as many presents as possible!!

SO said...

I think that is a little weird to send out invites via Facebook. Maybe a "save the date" type of invite I could see but not an actual invite.

And I don't twitter, tweet nor twoot. Facebook is as advanced as I get and fills up my inbox fast enough.

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