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How to post comments on Facebook


Facebook can be a lot of fun. It's the perfect place to see lots of pictures of cats, and just generally it's a light-hearted place, filled with your friends. Like a lot of people, I've been on it for a long time, swore it off, and returned. And if you want to get in on the fun, I strongly encourage you to do so, and you can begin by just commenting.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you comment that you may not have thought of before:

• Avoid saying stuff that you can do with a click of the mouse, like the "like" or "react" buttons. If you have something to say, then by all means say it, but these buttons are kind'a like applause. You don't need to say anything.

• When you comment, be positive, but don't be bland. Nowadays we've all learned that "inside jokes", irony, and sarcasm just doesn't work on Facebook. But posting an incredibly bland statement like "I like turtles" just sounds like sarcasm, anyway. Go ahead and be playful, but just make it clear that you're being positive.

• Ask for clarification if you must. Many times people will post things without much of an explanation of where the photo was taken, or when, or with who. Of course, you can ask "who is that lady I saw you with?" and someone may just say "That was no lady, that was my wife". Facebook is supposed to be fun. So lighten up.

• Point out things in the photo from the background. This is where Facebook gets to be a lot of fun! If someone posts a photo, for example, of their dog in the park, point out what the shape of the clouds remind you of.

• Avoid innuendo. If you see something that reminds you of something obscene, keep it to yourself. It reveals more about you that people really want to know. Yes, we all know "that's what she said" - we learned that in grade school.

• Don't sound like a bad guy. There are bad guys out there who post spam (junk) messages, which are usually just links to porn sites, on Facebook. Yes, you can include a link in a comment, but say something human, and be sure that it relates to the post.

• Avoid abbreviations. If you've been in cyberspace for a long time, you may be tempted to tell people to PM you. Keep in mind that a lot of people on Facebook aren't serious web geeks and have no idea what that means. Write "send me a private message". If you're still typing with your thumbs, get a modern phone with voice to text. Or type it out on your keyboard on your computer. Yes, you can write "LOL" if you must (it means laughing out loud). People who understand that will ignore it, and people who don't understand it will ignore it, too.

On my personal page I post pictures of my dog, my garden, and old photos mostly. I'm in a couple of closed groups where I post stuff about cycads, and memories of Phoenix. It's all fun. That's the point. Fun. So, have fun, and comment!