Just because the internet tells you to fill something in, doesn’t mean that you have to.
5) Don’t be annoying. Anyone who uses FaceBook knows that nothing you do on the site is “subtle”. It’s intrusive by nature, and everything you do is going to be shoved into the newsfeed of each of your “friends”/voters, and hence straight down their throats. It’s the equivalent of yelling across a crowded room. So try not to overload people. One politician I know was updating his status every five minutes, and sending constant invites to the fan club he created for himself on the site. Each time I hit “ignore” on his fan club invite, he would re-send it to me as though I had simply erred. It was almost like a robot was running his FaceBook account. I finally succumbed to the torture in a moment of weakness and joined his fan club, only to then be bombarded by “fan mail” messages he would send out through the group multiple times each day. End result: Total block. This person is not this annoying in real life, but on FaceBook he’s a menace.
6) Don’t get into fights. There are proper forums in which you can have it out with people if you’re a public official: your office, television, radio, town halls, parliament… There are also inappropriate venues for such things: seedy parking lots, pubs, and FaceBook comment threads.
It isn’t all that uncommon for reckless FaceBook use to cause problems for political types. During the 2008 presidential race, GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani’s daughter created a media storm when she joined the FaceBook group of her father’s rival, Barack Obama. Then Obama speechwriter, Jon Favreau, was busted groping the breast of a life-size Hillary Clinton cardboard cutout in a photo posted on FaceBook, while a buddy pretended to pour beer into her mouth. FaceBook can be a useful political weapon – and following these rules will at least help them keep the blade pointed outward.