7 myths in using Facebook for business (and in general)

amis-facebookRandom thoughts… 7 myths or mistakes you may be doing, without knowing it, on Facebook.

Myth 1: no, it is not possible to know who has seen your Facebook profile, so pleeeaaaaaase stop installing apps that claim the contrary and that post status updates to your profile calling your friends to install it. Really, please, stop.

Myth 2: no, sharing your tweets on your Facebook Profile/Page is not such a great idea. It is counterproductive and extremely annoying for anyone following you on Facebook. And for those following you on both: even worse. Facebook has a very different netiquette from Twitter. You don’t tweet on Facebook. You tweet on Twitter Same goes for “RTing” people on Facebook, by the way: huh?

Myth 3:  no, the copyright and privacy disclaimer that you have to post as a status to prevent FB from using your data is not for real. It’s a hoax, and it’s been ciruclating for months. Please, please, stop sharing it. (“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communique, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.”)

Myth 4: no, your professional contacts don’t care about your workout stats, so pleeeaaaase stop sharing the runtastic report of your latest run (or any other sport tracking app, for that matter) with said business contacts (your personal contacts are a complete other matter –  you do what you want, personal stuff is personal stuff. But there is personal stuff your business contacts really don’t need to see/read. No? )

Myth 5: no, the status update asking your Friends to hover over your name and change their settings so that friends of friends of friends don’t see what you like or post is a fake too. This is a hoax that has been circulating since May 2011. (“To all my FB friends, may I request you to please do something for me: I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. However, with the recent changes in FB, the public can now see activities in any wall. This happens when our friend hits “like” or “comment”, automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it this way. So I need your help. Only you can do this for me. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (do not click), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “COMMENTS & LIKE” by clicking on it. By doing this, my activity amongst my friends and my family will no longer become public. Many thanks! Paste this on your wall so your contacts would follow suit too, that is, if you care about your privacy.”) – and similar ones, there are some variants of it.

Myth 6: no, Facebook will not become a paying service anytime soon, so please stop sharing hoaxes pretending otherwise…

And if you don’t believe me, see Facebook’s FAQ – Common Myths about Facebook.

Myth 7: no, your phone number is not accessible to anyone on Facebook. Unless you entered it yourself and made it public. So, the status update claiming “ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE… INCLUDING YOURS are now on FACEBOOK! go to the top right of the screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, left side of screen and click CONTACTS. you will see all phone numbers from your phone are published that you have stored in your mobile phone. TO REMOVE, go to RIGHT column, click on “this page.” please repost this on your status, so your friends can remove their numbers and thus prevent abuse if they do not want them published.” is just a big hoax… and an old one, from 2010 or so.

There are many more! Which ones come to your mind?

12 thoughts on “7 myths in using Facebook for business (and in general)

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  2. You probably won’t believe it, Anne, but seeing people tweeting on Facebook really looks… kind of weird to me. Though I occasionally do that myself, by mistake mostly (clicking on the wrong icon in my Buffer profile). But maybe I am just too conservative. Why do you consider it a myth? Could you explain?

    • Hi Olga ;)
      Oh I do believe you! Weird yes, but mostly an annoyance and a breach of netiquettes. The myth I see here is that many people think it is good and smart marketing to cross-post between sites (even worse: cross-posting Twitter-Facebook-LinkedIn) while it is not – each platform has a very different purpose in terms of marketing and very different netiquettes. On Twitter, you can send a tweet every 20 minutes or so, for example. If you do that on facebook, this is considered flooding. Plus, the people following you on Twitter and who are also Facebook Friends get to see the same contents. Last but not least, Facebook is not meant for tweets. You don’t use @Mention or you don’t retweet people on FB and you don’t welcome your new Twitter followers – at least IMO, it is just wrong. So, thinking that cross-posting between both platforms is great and useful is a myth ;)
      Hope that clarifies my position? :)

      • Oh I see what you mean now! For some reason, when I was reading your post I misunderstood you and thought you consider it good when people behave the same way in FB and Twitter. Absolutely agree with you then :)

      • Hahahaa maybe I did not express myself clearly enough in the article, that happens ;)

      • Unclear wording
        Anne, they way you wrote this article is really confusing. You list Myth 1, 2, etc., but you don’t list the myths, you list the arguments against them. For example, of I write this:
        Myth 8: No, the sky is not red.
        Do I say the sky is red, or not red?

  3. Hello,

    Thank you very much for the useful tips – specially about the hoaxes. I know they’re hoaxes but get them so often that I sometimes doubt my own knowledge. So it’s good to have it confirmed and reminded by someone as experienced as you.

    All the best,

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