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Geek Tip: How to Not Get in Trouble on Facebook

After hearing about the umpteenth person to lose their job or otherwise get in trouble because they posted something on Facebook, the message is clear: It's not Facebook, you may just be oversharing.

Whether it's the wrong time or the fact that you're flaunting an event that you lied about being at to someone, you are in control over whether you endure the consequences for it — from Facebook anyway. Below, a few common sense guidelines.

  • Don't go on Facebook drunk.
  • Don't post photos from events someone may not have known you attended or hosted.
  • Don't post photos of yourself intoxicated.
  • Privatize your Facebook account.
  • Be judicious about which people you will add as friends, and then constantly edit said list.
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  • Never make comments about coworkers or students; if you have them.
  • Keep status updates to a minimum. Fewer questions will be asked.
  • If you're a teacher, probably don't post any photos of yourself aside from those in which you are looking boring, healthy, and smart.
  • Don't post anything on Facebook while drunk.

If these things don't seem to work, I have an even better idea: Delete your Facebook account.


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