Over the past few months I have seen some very interesting things on Facebook. Actually if I'm completely honest it astounds me what some people write on a public forum. And not only on personal pages, but business fan pages as well.
I have watched with awe out and out fights, I have seen nasty accusations, I have seen personal attacks on people from others who barely know that person, I have heard of teen and pre-teen bullying and hate targeting. It truly saddens me that people feel the need to express their feelings like this in a public written form for so many others to see.
Melissa from the Business Mums Blog has written some interesting posts lately too on various subjects to do with Facebook. She writes some interesting things about 'unfanning', and people who add you as 'friends'. Certainly has made me think harder about using Facebook.
I thought in light of all I have seen lately this would be a timely reminder to just think twice before you post something negative online, whether it is on facebook or another public forum. What you write is recorded, others will see it, and it will reflect on your character (and your business too if you have one). If you have a complaint to make to someone, email or pick up the telephone. Stay polite, don't make accusations (especially if there is any chance it could be unfounded), and if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all.
Maybe it all comes back to the old adage "treat others as you would have others treat you".