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Top Facebook Etiquettes For Every Facebook User

Top Facebook Etiquettes For Every Facebook User

In our world of revolutionary new ways to communicate, it should be no surprise that social niceties have evolved as well. With new ways to stay in contact online comes new expectations for politeness. To some, these new assumptions may seem intimidating, yet most are common sense. On Facebook, for example, reciprocity is the best way to stay active, yet respectful. To take the guesswork out of your social media interactions, we’ve compiled the top 20 most important pieces of Facebook etiquette.

Don’t Get Too Personal

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    It’s always a good idea to avoid Facebook after recent fall outs with people close to you. Whether it’s a failed friendship or a romantic relationship, posting too much about the break up is unprofessional. It’s good Facebook etiquette to keep certain private things, private.

    When In Doubt, Message

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      Similarly, it’s a good idea to remember what belongs on someone’s wall and what should be in a message. Remember that everyone can see wall posts and no one appreciates public posts that are too personal.

      Be Outgoing

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        Another piece of good Facebook etiquette is to respond when someone makes a comment. It’s sort of the virtual version of meeting a friend’s high five instead of leaving them hanging.

        Stay Appropriate

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          That being said, try not to over post on your friend’s activity. It’s perfectly fine to leave a few comments or likes when a friend shares some new photos, but it feels a bit like stalking when someone responds to every single post, every time.

          Avoid Mundane Updates

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            Additionally, you shouldn’t over-share your life. Mundane things like grocery shopping or getting the mail might seem funny to you at the time, but friends are quick to hide updates from people they find annoying.

            Respect The Tag

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              Try to make sure everyone looks good in photos before you post them or tag friends. It’s good Facebook etiquette to keep embarrassing photos private, since every tag shows up in all your friends Facebook feeds.

              Filter Your Wall Posts

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                In a similar way, it’s also good Facebook etiquette to be sensitive about how you post on other people’s walls. A reasonable rule is to not post publicly details or photos that might get your friend in trouble if an employer were to see it.

                Avoid Venting About Work

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                  Another way to break Facebook etiquette is to vent about work. Don’t underestimate the “networking” part of social networking. If you are not completely positive about your privacy settings, friends of friends are likely to see posts or photos, which can quickly lead back to your coworkers or boss.

                  Don’t Pass On Chain Updates

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                    Posting chain status updates is another way to break Facebook etiquette. Just like chain mail and chain email, chain status updates are only annoying. Try to avoid spreading anything that vows to give you good luck, bad luck, or keep you from being murdered by a werewolf. Additionally, by avoiding silly chain status updates, people’s feeds are less crowded for legitimate concerns that people need to see quickly – like nearby natural disasters, Amber Alerts, or similar concerns.

                    RSVP

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                      It’s also good Facebook etiquette to RSVP promptly when you get an invite to an event. Since your friend likely needs to prepare food, drinks, or venue space, responding quickly is respectful of their time.

                      Avoid Drama

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                        Good Facebook etiquette also means avoiding fights on Facebook. Not only is it embarrassing down the road, other people don’t need to see your dirty laundry.

                        Appreciate Profile Pictures

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                          It’s also good Facebook etiquette to like and comment on close friends profile pictures. Everyone likes chatting on Facebook, and it’s a nice way to stay in touch.

                          Stay Familiar

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                            On the other hand, it’s good Facebook etiquette to avoid friending people you don’t know very well. Many people prefer to keep their circle of Facebook friends to the people closest to them in real life.

                            Don’t Impersonate Others

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                              Unsurprisingly, you should never create a fake page for someone else. Not only is this in the actual Facebook rules, but bullying others by making fake, insulting pages is childish and can actually get you in legal trouble.

                              Wish Your Friends Happy Birthday

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                                It’s also good Facebook etiquette to say something when a friend has a birthday, though you probably want to be less graphic than the photo above. It’s especially nice if you switch up the traditional happy birthday message with a silly picture, online game, or ecard.

                                Be Kind

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                                  Another piece of good Facebook etiquette should be obvious. Never try to force somebody to talk to you or “flame” somebody’s inbox. Sending angry messages over and over again will only make the person less willing to talk to you.

                                  Hack Sparingly

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                                    Everyone loves posting a joke status on someones page should a friend leave their Facebook account open one of your devices. However, remember the guidelines above – employers, parents, grandparents and other people close to this person are going to see the update. If you can’t think of something in good taste, it’s better to just hit Log Out.

                                    Don’t Photoshop

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                                      You might think photoshopping yourself into a beautiful scene (or claiming ownership of a photo that isn’t you) will go unnoticed, but in reality it just makes you look too eager. Not only that, you should be proud of who you really are offline.

                                      Be Sensitive

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                                        “Trolling”, or making a joke out of something online that wasn’t intended as such seems like fun, but it can quickly cross the line. Since Facebook is often used to keep people informed in times of distress or tragedy, what seems like a harmless joke could actually be making fun of a grave situation.

                                        Search Before You Post

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                                          Finally, if you want to seem professional on Facebook, it is an excellent idea to look up details before you post. Some stories we see on other peoples Timelines seem legitimate, but in fact are satire or just plain false. Even spelling mistakes can make you look foolish, so try to proofread before you hit “Share”.

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                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                          What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                          Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                          • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                          • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                          • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                          1. Todoist

                                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                            Download: Todoist

                                            2. 1Password

                                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                              Download: 1Password

                                              3. Bear

                                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                Download: Bear

                                                4. Hazel

                                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                                  5. Alfred

                                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                    Download: Alfred

                                                    6. TextExpander

                                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                      Download: TextExpander

                                                      7. Backblaze

                                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                        Download: Backblaze

                                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                          9. Snagit

                                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                            10. Bartender

                                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                              Download: Bartender

                                                              11. Otter

                                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                              Download: Otter

                                                              12. Flux

                                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                Download: Flux

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                                                                13. PDFpen

                                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                                  15. Franz

                                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                    Download: Franz

                                                                    16. MindNode

                                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                      Download: MindNode

                                                                      17. Focus

                                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                        Download: Focus

                                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                                            Focus To Do

                                                                              Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                              There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                              Download: Focus To Do

                                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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