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September 4, 2018

How to make your Facebook page not look fake


There are a lot of fakes out there, especially on Facebook. And it's nothing new, people have been doing that for as long as there have been people. And for whatever reason these people have created fake stuff to try to fool people. To me, they're bad guys, but to them I guess they're just doing what they gotta do. And it's not easy to recognize fakes, but it's easy to accidentally give people the impression that you're a fake, especially on Facebook. So it's up to you whether you want people to suspect that your page, and profile, is a fake, but if you don't want that, there are a few things you can do:

1) Show your face. Of course, people have a lot of reasons not to show their face in public, and the internet is a public place. Of course if you're on the internet, and you think that not showing your face will make you completely unfindable, you really don't understand the internet. If you don't want to be found, stay off the internet, and stay away from public exposure. I know people who actually do this, and they get it right. Just having a blank face, or a dog, or your favorite team logo, in place of your face, really won't keep you hidden. Now calm down here if you think that you're so ugly that you would scare everyone, you aren't, you're beautiful, especially to your friends and family. Get a flattering pic that show you at your best, smiling, with the best lighting you can do, but don't make it look fake. It's the face you take out into public every day, and it's not scaring people.

2) Interact like a human being. Just posting memes, and short sentences is what fake accounts do. So take a deep breath and write a complete sentence. Take a photo of your dog. Don't just share stuff. Fake accounts share stuff, and often that's all they do. And if you're not sure how to behave in public, just remember what your parents told you on the first day of Kindergarten, and do that. Nothing has changed since then, and nothing will. Treat people with respect, be quiet when you should be, speak up when you should, and defend yourself as necessary.

3) Make friends with people who look as if they should be your friend. I'm not saying that you shouldn't have friends that are different from you, but it's more normal for people to "play with kids their own age". If you have grey hair and glasses, your list of Facebook friends should have some people with grey hair and glasses.

I hope this helps. But it's up to you. If your avatar doesn't show your face, and all you do is share memes and write stuff like "LOL" then you're really just looking fake. If you're OK with that, I won't argue with you. But you asked me what to do to not look fake, and these are my suggestions.

And if I see you at the grocery store today, and you're wearing a mask, and simply walking around holding up photos with short headlines on them, and saying "LOL", I'll leave you alone, I promise. I'll even try to avoid eye contact.

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