Proper Facebook Etiquette

#498 I’ve a new boyfriend and have been invited to dinner

Sunday 20th December, 2009

Dear Mariann,
I’ve a new boyfriend and have been invited to dinner (via Facebook) to join him and his parents over Christmas. They are the ‘trendy’ and ‘open’ type of family – it was from his Mum on Facebook that the invitation originally came.

I want to go, but am nervous about what to take, and if everyone will be updating on Facebook before, during and after the get together. Is there a discreet way I can join in, but also keep a safe social distance?
(From Ms Janice Newberries via email)

Announce upon entering their home, ‘No photo’s, or I’m going home’. This route may be deemed as offensive, but you could claim ‘It’s not me, it’s my publicist, she won’t allow any pictures taken outside of Hello!’.

Better still, if you are without a worthy Christmas gift, I would insist on having received an iPhone prior to any get together, then you can sync together with said family updates, photos etc. throughout the festive period.

Otherwise, open a bottle of decent plonk before your arrival, drink on the way and this should relax you into a state of festive joy where you don’t care if his Mum’s tweeting, his Dad is Facebooking and other siblings are blogging your entire introduction. This has the additional advantage that you need not share you ‘decent’ bottle with anyone else.

Merrily Christmas indeed. hic.

3 Responses to “#498 I’ve a new boyfriend and have been invited to dinner”

  1. Santa says:

    A happy Christmas to all PPSD readers

  2. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    @Anon,
    how remiss of me to miss that. 'Open' indeed. *shudder*

  3. Anonymous says:

    'Open' as in 'open' hmmmm look out for father hitting on you !!!!!

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