Facebook Etiquette

So, here’s the thing: I really know nothing about how to use Facebook. A few years ago, my daughter set up my Facebook account when she was visiting. I did nothing with it for months. Finally, I got tired of my sister-in-law telling me what my grandkids were doing.

“Didn’t Hayley look gorgeous in her prom dress?” she said.

“ Hayley went to a prom? Isn’t she still in middle school?” I said.

“Duh!” she said. (Actually, that’s my duh. That sister-in-law would never say that. My other one would though. No hesitation.) “She’s graduating from high school in a few weeks.”

“Where did you hear that?” I asked.

“Facebook, you idiot.” Me again putting words in her mouth. 

“Am I invited?” I didn’t wait for a reply. I called my daughter.

“Emily, why haven’t you told me what’s going on with my grandkids?”

“Mom, I posted it on Facebook.”

Now I try to open Facebook once a day. Or week, at least. But I still don’t know how to do anything on it. Everything I’ve managed has been by accident, and then I don’t know how to undo it.

Take, for example, this profile picture thing. I see people changing their pictures all the time. Some of them have even used their pets as their profile pictures. Or cartoon characters. 

So I got tired of having the same profile picture since my daughter set up my account. Yesterday I decided to change it. But I didn’t know how. I clicked on different links and found something that said “edit profile picture.” I didn’t want to edit it. I wanted a new one. Eventually, after trying different things that proved unsuccessful, I saw my camera roll pop up. I scrolled through images until I found one that was taken a few years ago. Twenty, to be exact. I clicked on it to make it bigger. That’s all I thought I was doing. Uh-oh. It became my new profile picture. I couldn’t figure out how to get my original picture back.

No biggie. Your picture is sort of like an avatar anyway, isn’t it? But here’s the thing. I’m pretty sure my readers think it’s what I look like right now. How naive. I’m a wizened old woman, for crying out loud. (Obviously, the people who live near me and see me every day are saying, “Who’s she kidding?”) 

I was hoping no one would see what I’d done until I could figure out how to undo it. But people I haven’t heard from in ages are coming out of the woodwork to comment on it, so that hope sailed a long time ago.

Anyway, I’m working on fixing it. I know even less about blogging, but I’m pretty sure my blog setting doesn’t automatically link my posts to Facebook. People who live far away will never know what Facebook faux pas I’ve committed. I’m home free.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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20 Responses to Facebook Etiquette

  1. Margy says:

    Nice to hear from you again! So many bloggers from ‘the past’ have quit blogging for good.
    I know what you mean about Facebook. Every now and then I decide to cancel my account – then something happens with the family, and if I didn’t read it on Facebook, I’d never know about it.

  2. It’s good to see, and hear from you, wherever! I’ll take your humor and wise words any where I can get them.

  3. gaycarboys says:

    how wonderful to hear from you again. I’m sure we’ve all had similar experiences on FB. I was on a bus recently, something I don’t do much. It was sad to see so many people looking at thir phones like zombies. Perhaps we’d be better off without Fb after all?;)

    • Coming East says:

      Hey, Alan! Yay! I’ve missed you. I agree about the cell phones. I don’t know what my granddaughters look like because their faces are always buried in their phones. Hope you are well.

  4. It is so good to hear from you!! How are you dear friend? I am on facebook quite a bit, trying to see my grands, but, the pictures are few and far between. Can ask me anything, I will try to answer. So good to read your words again! Cathi (DAF)

  5. Goodness, it was fun to see a blog post from you crop up on my WP Reader today! And your post didn’t disappoint. You’ve still got that great sense of humor and frankly, my dear, we have missed you out here in the blogosphere. Are you staying or just passing through? Be sure to let your Facebook friends know. 😉

    • Coming East says:

      Can’t believe you still found me after all these fallow years. I would love to keep posting, but I just can’t seem to get in gear. I’ll have to read your posts nd catch up a little.

  6. Dianna says:

    Hi, there! Glad to see you back in the blogging world! Hope you’ll continue to post at least once in a while. I do love FB; it’s brought me back in touch with so many folks from my past!

  7. Haha…I have missed the blogosphere and your sense of humor. I left a few years ago, but when I saw your notification pop up, I had to read. So funny and so true. Btw I used to link fb to WordPress or WordPress to fb… however I did it… and it worked.

    • Coming East says:

      So good to see your smiling face, Georgette. I left the blogosphere several years ago too, but I’ve missed it. And I did link this one to Facebook. Couldn’t resist. Hope you’re well and sassy.

  8. HaHaHaHa! You are lucky to be stuck on one type of social media for the family. One child likes Facebook, another prefers SnapChat. One never looks at email and another despises texts. Just when I think I have communications figured out, someone decides to take a sabatical. No one just phones.

    BTW, I help my 90 yo mom with Facebook. If you have any questions, just give me a call, a text, an email, Snap me, or send a tweet.

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