To avoid difficult situations arising from what you post on Facebook, here are 11 dangerous mistakes you must avoid on Facebook.

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  1. With so much exposure to social media, many of us feel that our daily lives are incomplete unless we post something on Facebook. When you post something on Facebook, it is mostly to grab the attention of all the people on your friend list and expect them to like and comment on something on your post. This process of counting likes and comments may make you feel good but the reality could be different altogether, especially if you are not attracting the right kind of attention. Facebook is primarily meant to be a fun way of staying connected with friends and family but then let’s face it we all have pesky friends, relatives who best ignored and also, you never who might be stalking you. 
  2. Whenever you post something on Facebook, always review it and think about how much personal information you are sharing before hitting the ‘post’ button. Things that you do with close friends, family or colleagues need not be posted on the internet at all. Think before you blindly post something.
  3. Remember it’s a good thing to never drink and drive. And in the same way, never use Facebook when drunk. Using Facebook after getting drunk may make you post things or message people whom you will never otherwise contact when sober. In fact, there are dedicated apps to prevent people from using Facebook and other social media platforms on their phones when drunk.
  4. Just because you have 600 people on your friend list doesn’t mean you have 600 friends. So, stop adding anyone and everyone to your Facebook account. It is a platform where you share personal information and you shouldn’t allow any random person to have access to it.
  5. It is a very bad idea to keep everything public on your profile. This includes the name of your school, college or even your hometown. Also, you should create a post and make it visible to only those people who can relate to it. Not everyone in your friend list needs to see everything that you post. 
  6. Information like your house address, office timings, and other such details may look routine. But refrain from sharing such information on Facebook, not even while commenting to post. This information could be a gold mine for your stalker.
  7.  It is best to keep your kids away from your Facebook account, but if you like to post family photos always check whether or not you are giving too many details or not. These include what your kids like to eat, information around their school, timings, etc. Stalkers are always hunting for personal information like these. 
  8. If you bought a new car, won a lottery or just made some major investments, always keep your money matters private. Posting them on Facebook can have implications you didn’t think of. 
  9. Never ever abuse someone verbally on Facebook or write filthy words. People can always take screenshots and use them against you later. 
  10. Another big No is sharing photos of personal documents like passport, certificates, degrees, etc. These are personal and it is best to keep them away from social media. Also, it is a bad idea to post photos of your flight tickets on Facebook when you start your vacation. 
  11. Photo tags are another headache on Facebook. Always review the settings and do not let anyone and everyone tag on Facebook.

Time and again always review your Facebook profile to check whether someone really needs to be on your Facebook friend list or not. If you have not spoken to someone in years or liked their posts on Facebook, there is very little reason as to why you would want to be connected. It is always a good idea to clear baggage.

(With inputs from Gadgetsnow)