Proper Facebook Etiquette

#566 Changing Faces

Friday 25th September, 2009

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Dar Mariann,
Sorry this is out of place but – is there some sort of rule for how often you changed photos? There seems to be a new thing where my friends change photos a lot and if you dont you look sad. May be just my experience but what is going on?
(From SnipSnip in response to the post Lying Down Game)

This is based on vainity. Add to this the Facebook-picture-Profile-capacity that appears to have infinite upload space.

It is also likely that you observations are made more noteworthy due to the time of year. Where there is a large volume shift of ‘yoof’ moving away to university. Here they want to impress upon other yoof that they are ‘with it’, and this requires an appropriate and appealing Profile picture. Add to this that such changes are automatically broadcast into others newsfeeds ‘Jane has a new Profile picture!’ (you can turn this off), this only makes it more likely that in the frivolities of Fresher’s diversions and amongst the a seductive mix of events, nights out and some repugnant free stuff that every student retrieves with glee to their accomodations, the added appeal of updating their Profile page as new facial hair sprouts forth, or they dye their hair. This ensures a fast mix of new faces and new friends who remain captivated to your latest look. Thus, it is essential that your Profile page and accompanying information look ‘fit’ for purpose (with deliberate play on the word fit).

Stay with the observations and employ a game of Profile picture bingo. New hair colour, score! Facial hair, score! Piercings, score! etc. Then yell loudly your in a row win – FaceBINGO!

11 Responses to “#566 Changing Faces”

  1. Debs says:

    Is Facebook for older people and not Uni students? Moved into halls last week and thing here is MySpace. Some use Facebook but keep it for family and the real scene is MySpace and Twitter. I used Facebook in the 6th but in Halls everyone is organising events through MySpace as this is less popular with parents and others.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why has Googlle got two 'll' s today?

  3. Anonymous says:

    How often should a parent check their son's Facebook ? Assume to leave live updates is not on?

  4. Fan says:

    Love the twitter but why no Practising facebook group?

  5. Kate says:

    Dear Marianne,

    Emily went to University last weekend and I keep looking at all the new people on her network to see who they are. I am worried I'm turning into a snooper – or is this usual for parents?

  6. Hamish says:

    Is it rude to cut my family out of my friends on facebook so they can't see everything that goes on at college?
    There should be a separate site for parents.

  7. Henry :) says:

    Whats with the 'Dar' – Doh !

    More tuna

  8. Confused says:

    Dear Mariann – I want to be single when I go to U next week but can't change may status as my bf will see it. Does his really mean I don't want him as my bf or that I'd like to choose what to say to new people? what do you think?

  9. James says:

    Is there a good quick guide or hints about using Facebook ?

    Oh one that works for older users as well as the young folk!

  10. Hughie says:

    Dear Mariann – I'm applying to Med Sch and have the UCAS forms sorted BUT we had a talk from the 6th form head who said that admissions at Universities used social networking sites to gathering information about applicants. Universities do advertise on Facebook but is she right? I know I can hide some of my things but am worried that if i do and they look it will appear that I have something to hide (if you see what I mean)

  11. UniStudent says:

    I too have a Uni issue. Ok used facebook at college and am off to U at the other end of the country. I'd like to reinvent myself and not be tied down by my college persona. Trouble is I can't make up a new ID using my own name and I don't want to loose all my old contacts etc. I could go different and use myspace or something but on open day it seems that facebook is what Uni people use. Do you see my dilemma?

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