Inappropriate Announcements for Facebook

Having a major event in life?

Facebook is a great way to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers. You can update everyone on your life and you can do it all at once in a status update. Status updates are normally a very positive feature on Facebook. However, they can get you in trouble.

I would like to discuss inappropriate Facebook announcements. If you are having a major event in life, it might be a good idea to tell your friends and family first before posting it on Facebook. Let's talk about some status updates that are better left unsaid, at least for a bit. There are simply some events that you need to tell someone in person. Don't announce it on Facebook first.

We're having a baby!

Wait, did you tell anyone else first? Did you even tell your husband? Gasp! Having another mouth to feed is not always a happy moment. Finding out about it on Facebook, well, that just makes it that much worse.

You may want to pick up the phone and start calling the important people in your life before letting the cat out of the bag on Facebook. You definitely want to let the baby's father know first.

I'm quitting my job today.

Hmmm... that is interesting. Have you put in the official notice yet at work? Are your co-workers friends with you on your Facebook page? Better yet, is your boss? Something tells me you don't have to worry about putting that notice in now. You can look forward to leaving 2 weeks sooner than originally planned. Actually, now that I've put more thought into it, maybe that technique is not so bad after all...

I've met a really hot guy in Vegas and guess what - we just got married!

Wow, you are really stupid. This is not the way to break this news to friends and loved ones. You are going to have some explaining to do and a status update that is less than a paragraph just won't do. I'll bet I can guess what information is being left out - his last name! If you haven't even figured out your new husband's last name yet, you may not want to post that announcement on Facebook yet.

You need to stop and think about how to share this "special news" with family and friends. I guarantee you, a Facebook announcement is just not going to cut it.

Guess who we just found dead this morning?

Oh dear! This is not how I want to find out about a loved one's death. This is all kinds of wrong and really terrible. Please pick up the phone or tell me in person if someone I love is dead. I don't even care if it is a dog or cat I really like, this is not appropriate for a status update. At least email me in private before posting this on Facebook.

The Online Break Up

Have you ever broke up with someone online?

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Dude, I'm breaking up with you.

This is a big pet peeve of mine. Do not break up with me online. Do not send me a message on Facebook. If you must break up with someone, call me or tell me in person. I promise I won't make a scene at a restaurant like some cheesy chick flick. Really. We can meet at the restaurant and pretend to be civilized like everyone else.

Don't wimp out on me and post something on my profile so the whole world can see. After all, I would like to have the option to tell my friends it was my decision. Now I don't even have that going for me anymore. Thanks, insensitive jerk!

Remember, privacy is a good thing! Some announcements are updates that must be delivered in person. Online announcements simply are not acceptable in some situations. In general, if the announcement is life altering in some way, keep it to yourself until all the important people in your life know.

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MsQuestion 5 years ago from New Jersey

My daughter did something like that! When my husband lost his job, she posted: DADDY GOT FIRED! on Facebook, and THAT's how the rest of my family found out about it! She knows better now about such things...(I hope)! Even in the world of Facebook, some things should be left private!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Oh no!!! That is terrible! I can't believe she did that. My friend learned that her brother's wife was pregnant once through Facebook. At least your daughter was young; my friend's brother should have said something sooner to his family. Thanks for sharing that story!


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nycgrl 5 years ago from New York

Yes thank you for this because I think its something people continue to not learn. Thankfully I have a very close knit circle of family and friends who will tell me stuff before posting on Facebook. And I love your comments on the Facebook break up, I also agree they should give you the option to tell your friends it was your decision (please like we all haven't done that?!). Lol the one about announcing you are quitting isn't a half bad idea hehehehe I would be tempted to try it out one day but I don't ever friend anyone I work with so it wouldn't matter.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Nice hub, with some very funny observations...my 17 year old daughter just broke up with her boyfriend.....she did not tell anybody.....we figured it out when her younger brother noticed her facebook status went to single....so we got that update via facebook....voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

nycgirl - Yes! I know what you mean. I am always reading shocking news through Facebook. Sometimes people need to pick up the phone. I think you would have to friend some people at work before the quitting your job status thing would work. I have friends that always get to leave as soon as they put their notice in. I always have people begging me to stay longer.

Thanks for the comment!

Cogerson - Haha! I know people like that. They change their status from "in a relationship" to "single" and leave it at that. I forgot all about that technique. Trust me, many people continue with that habit through adulthood. Thank you for the comment.


Sunshine625 5 years ago

There truly is TMI by some FB friends. I don't care how tired you are, what your neighbors dog did in your yard or what color your phlegm is! OMG what did these people do before social networking? Great hub!!!!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you for the comment! Yes, people share way too much information on Facebook. I think people actually had to talk to people in real life before Facebook! Gasp!


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Phillbert 5 years ago from The Ozarks

But but but isn't the whole point of technology to not have to speak to people in person??? Great hub. Very entertaining. I don't ever read anything on facebook and I rarely even log in, however recently some friends have been planning events via facebook so every one gets everyone elses responses so my phone goes off every two minutes all day long =(


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, it seems we don't want to talk to people in person anymore. Facebook is interesting as far as finding out what your elementary school friends from way back in the day are doing now, but it is not too useful beyond that. The applications used to be interesting, but like everything else, I got bored with those. I guess Facebook just isn't as fun anymore. Thanks for the comment!


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

This is funny and I 100% agree with you! People should just stop sharing everything on Facebook. We should think twice (or thrice) before posting anything.


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myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

LOL! If I happen to see one of these wall post, I am not even sure whether or not to Like it!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

cheerfulnuts - Yes, people definitely need to think first before they post something.

myi4u - This is true. That is a whole other subject - to like or not to like!

Thank you both for reading and posting comments!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Very funny! Voted up and funny, jeannie. Really gave me a little chuckle! Another one you don't want to hear about is "I had horrible diarrhea last night" or "I just found out I have herpes". :)


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

That is so true! There are some things that are just too gross to list on Facebook. Thank you for the vote up and the comment!


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hmm ... really tempted to put something really shocking on FB ... sadly to old to be shocking anymore, they've seen it all before! :-)

Good hub, Jeannie ...


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks, Angie! I've considered putting up a shocking status update in the past just to get a reaction, but I am afraid people would not understand it was a joke. My friend switched his relationship status to "married" once as a joke, but a lot of people (including me) thought he was serious. He had to change it back to the "single" status.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Yup, fb is how I found out a relative died and how I found out my daughter is in a "relationship." I'm working on a facebook revenge plan. ;)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I know what you mean! I found out my cousin died by reading a status update from one of my other cousins on Facebook. I don't blame you for plotting revenge. ;-)


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Bravo! I've heard many personal family announcements over FB. I don't like it one bit.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I know what you mean. If I learn of one more family member's pregnancy through Facebook, I am going to scream! Thanks for visiting my hub.

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