Thereâ€™s no denying that Facebook is a great invention when it comes to travelling. When youâ€™re keeping friends and family updated on whatever youâ€™re getting up to, it certainly makes it a lot easier. However, weâ€™ve all been guilty of Facebook information overload, or know someone whose prolific updates make you close to unfriending them. So here are some ways of making sure your Facebook posts are high on the entertainment front and low on irritation.
DO keep updating Facebook on your travelsâ€¦
Â· DO regularly upload your photos! Uploading photos regularly in small amounts means people are a lot more likely to check them out than they are to wade through an album of all your travels. Youâ€™ll also be more likely to remember where/who/what the photo is actually of. Make sure you caption them too, so that in three years youâ€™re not looking at your photos wondering who that familiar-looking bunch are, or what made that sign so funny you had to get a picture of it.
Â· DONâ€™T forget to post regular links to your blog if you have one, but also DONâ€™T use your status as a blog. People are more likely to read your blog if the details of your day donâ€™t appear in their news feed every five minutes.
DO indulge in a bit of Facebook self-censorshipâ€¦
Â· DO be careful what you get tagged in! When youâ€™re thousands of miles away, itâ€™s easy to forget that mum can log in and see you tagged in someoneâ€™s â€˜hilariousâ€™ status, or that photo of you passed out on the beach with a willy drawn on your face.
Â· DONâ€™T set the alarm bells ringing. Before you go and share the story of your latest adventure, bear in mind that posting alarming statuses for your family to read when theyâ€™re thousands of miles away and canâ€™t help you might not be the best idea. I can confirm from experience that â€œOff to the Belorussian embassy for a visa so I donâ€™t get deported againâ€ isnâ€™t something guaranteed to put your familyâ€™s minds at ease. Just something to think about.
DO remember that less Facebooking is almost always moreâ€¦
Â· DO be careful who you add. Youâ€™ve made friends with a bunch of people and you want to stay in touch. Great. But adding all and everyone you meet isnâ€™t half going to be irritating when youâ€™re back home ploughing through statuses of people you barely remember. Similarly, if you already think that guyâ€™s a bit of weirdo, you probably donâ€™t want him going through all your photos. Of course, you can always just unfriend themâ€¦
Â· DONâ€™T go overboard. Itâ€™s great to have photos of all the happy memories but do they all need to go on Facebook? Probably not. Your friends are unlikely to appreciate a pictorial catalogue of every meal you ate. A bit of moderation is keyâ€¦
And lastly DONâ€™T spend too much time going on Facebook and DO concentrate on enjoying yourself. You can go on Facebook at home. You canâ€™t go to the beach (well, I canâ€™t anyway). So make the most of being away from your computer.
Do you have any Facebook dos and donâ€™ts? Comment and let us know!
This post was written by GYE writer Jessica Lee.