If it’s not your news, don’t post it.  This applies especially to engagements, weddings, births and deaths.

Engagements
If it’s not yours, don’t announce it. Let the couple make the first post. Comment on the happy couple's post and offer your congratulations there. If you’re the parents, ask if and when you can post about it on your own page.

 Don't tick-off the bride

Don't tick-off the bride

Weddings
It’s not uncommon for brides and grooms to let guests know their preferences. Some create private Facebook Groups for guests to add photos. Some create their own hashtags. And some want the first photos to be from the hired photographer.  If you're not sure - ask. When in doubt - don’t. Even if you’re in the wedding party, it’s not about you. Don’t post photos (and this includes selfies) until you know the bride and groom’s wishes.

Births
If it’s not your baby - don’t announce it! I’ve seen so many excited grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends post the news before mom has had a chance to catch her breath. Unless the new parents have asked you to let the world know, save your congratulations for private text messages.

Deaths
You just heard the news. Uncle Joe has passed away. Don’t post on Aunt Janes page that you’re sorry to learn about his passing. Unless she’s made a formal post, she might well be calling close relatives and friends to break the news. What you post on her page is not a private conversation - it can be seen by all her friends.

If it’s not your news - don’t post it. It’s simple etiquette.

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