As a southern woman, etiquette is something I hold at high value. As a woman of the twenty first century, I slip sometimes. However, when it comes to "major events" I think it is very important to go back to our roots, and ACT RIGHT! No one expects for every text message, or facebook status to be the perfection of grammar or manners, but there are a few thing I think should NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER be done.
I am not going to preach about what I think is appropriate for a person should post on their own facebook page, because I do think it is a free forum and I can always use the lovely "hide" button if I don't like it. However, when it comes to posting information about others, there is a very thick, clear line.
Posting news of someone else's engagement, pregnancy, birth of child, health issues, friends or family passing or having health problems, and relationship information are strictly off limits. I feel so silly even typing that because being an adult, and having friends that are adults, I feel it should go without saying.
Here's a little story for you. I log on to my facebook one evening, and on my news feed pops up a status update from someone I do not even know. This status came up because I am friends with the two people who were tagged in the status that read:
I'm so excited for (Guy) and (Girl)!!! It's about time you two got engaged!!!!
Not even 10 minutes later, Ernie's phone rings and it is said (Guy) calling to share the exciting news!!! Ohhhh..... but wait..... we already knew because of their idiot friend who posted it for all the world to see. Bummer. :( It's such a shame that at this exciting time, this great couple didn't even have a few hours to share their own happy news with family and friends before it was blasted everywhere. And, knowing that Ernie and I each spent about 3 hours on the phone each calling loved ones when we got engaged, I sure would've flipped on someone who stole this moment from us.
Now I'll tell you another story. My oldest sister gave birth to my nephew almost 10 months ago, and she was able to call family and friends, spend time with her hubby and new baby, get a little bit of rest, and have the family come visit our newest member, all while her facebook page remained quiet. How lovely :) My sister has smart friends.
The moral of the story here folks is that, it's just not your business to share, so keep you FAT MOUTH SHUT! (and your fingers still)