05/22/2012 05:03 pm ET Updated Jul 22, 2012

What Is and Is Not Appropriate to Say on Facebook and Twitter?

We've all read articles about what is appropriate to post on Facebook and how your Facebook profile could potentially harm your chances of finding a job. There are some things, however, that should really never be mentioned on Facebook. An unspoken etiquette is necessary when navigating social media sites, and these are some don'ts that you may have overlooked in the past.

Condolences on changing your Facebook status from "Married" to "Single."

I'm sure that it was awkward enough for said person to tell their close friends and family about the failure of their marriage, but having an almost-stranger tell you that they're so sorry that your so-called lifelong partner is now your ex is not something that you want publicly etched onto your Facebook. Deleting all of your wedding pictures has to be tough enough without having people post little numbers about how they knew it wouldn't work and how good you aren't without him. Before you do anything, ask yourself if it's appropriate to "like" the fact that someone's relationship has ultimately ended.


There is nothing more hated than spoiling television season finales for your friends and followers. I know that I hadn't finished the third season of Vampire Diaries before the main character, Nina Dobrev, tweeted the ending. Name one fate worse than finding out the winner of Celebrity Apprentice before you yourself have watched the episode. Do us all a favor and keep all juicy off social networking. Thanks to TiVo, it could be weeks before the rest of the world sees said results.


No one cares about what you ate last night unless Oprah's personal chef cooked it or a naked Kardashian served it to you personally. Stop posting about your wonderful dinner at the Olive Garden, because the only person who wants to hear about it is Olive Garden's customer service. We all understand that your dinner was one of the best of your life, but let's face it; we'd rather look at pictures of babies and kittens than hear about your Fettuccini Alfredo.

Check In

On that note, no one needs to know where you are at every minute of the day. There is no need to "check-in" when you get gas and a coffee. It may also be against your best interest to "check-in" the fact that you'll be studying at the library until 2:00 a.m. when at that point you will be trekking back to your apartment with only the light of your smart phone to keep you company.

Drunk Posting

It's all fun and games when you're in college and tweet about a house party here and there, but when your children start seeing pictures of you falling over it's time to call it a day. Once you've graduated college and/or had a child, it's time for you to grow out of drunk tweeting/facebooking. Even worse, no one wants to spend time deciphering your mid-life crises self drunk Facebook statuses. If we wanted to do that, we'd follow Charlie Sheen on Twitter and get more than our fair share of it.