By Nicole Williams | Divine Caroline
It’s one thing to peruse Facebook for a few minutes at work every now and then.
It’s another to use it as a way to communicate to the outside world how hungover, miserable, or bored you are during office hours.
If your friend list contains one or two coworkers, those comments could ruin your status at the office. Here are seven off-limits updates.
1) _____ wonders why everyone is so incompetent.
Chances are, a few of those “incompetent” people are on your friend list. And if you just finished working on a project with one of them, they might have an inkling you’re referring to them. Not only will this make for some awkward moments at work, but they could follow your lead and get back at you via Facebook … and a raging Internet war could ensue for all of your co-workers to see.
2) _____ is still waiting for my car service to the airport! So glad I have my new iPhone and that my meeting with the CEO isn’t until four. If anyone else is in L.A., email me and we’ll meet at the Ivy for lunch tomorrow!
These kind of updates just make you look smug, self-absorbed, and like you have delusions of being a celebrity. It’s great if you have a fabulous job where you get to travel, get chauffeured around in fancy cars, and take meetings with bigwigs. But it’s a lot cooler if you don’t broadcast it. (Although, please post if you do happen to have any good celeb sightings while you’re lunching in La-La Land.) In fact, it’s so obnoxious, one anonymous blogger started Facebragthis.com, a site dedicated to cringe-worthy clue-ins.
3) _____ wishes her boss would go on vacation with no Blackberry reception.
While you may secretly wish this (and spend half your day trying to send telepathic messages that she should book a one-way ticket to Antarctica), it just makes you look unprofessional and immature. Sounds like you could really use a break from technology after posting this one!
4) _____ is contemplating calling out sick tomorrow. “Sniffle Sniffle.”
The only reason you should be taking a sick day after writing this one is to regain some lost brain cells. While your best friend may find this hysterical, remember that this will show up in your colleagues News Feed, too, and it will spread like wildfire that you’re scheming to play hooky. Unless you find the time to craft some Ferris Bueller-style decoys, you’re in trouble. And if you’re actually sick one day in the future, no one will believe you. Haven’t you heard that old wives tale, “The Account Executive Who Cried Wolf”?
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