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Facebook Etiquette

11/04/2011 02:53 pm ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

Play with social media etiquette and you could be playing with fire -- as this woman discovered when someone she de-friended on Facebook allegedly set her home ablaze.

The Des Moines Register reports that Jennifer Harris is being held on a charge of first-degree arson after homeowners Jim and Nikki Rasmussen alleged that she was behind the conflagration that damaged their home on October 27. The Register reported that Jen is angry with Nikki because she ended their friendship on Facebook."

While not all Facebook disputes end in arson, the potential for feeling connected -- or left out or bullied -- has increased exponentially on social sharing sites like Facebook. As HuffPost blogger Erin Mantz recently discovered, the site has the power to rekindle and strengthen old ties, although sometimes, the friend requests that pop up are one's we'd prefer to (and perhaps should) ignore.

Here are some tips on how to navigate (and avoid) awkward social media situations -- before they escalate into real-world repercussions:

Facebook Etiquette

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