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Today's column & an extra!

Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 4, 2012 06:10 AM

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Today's column is online here. It's time to revisit that old favorite, Facebook etiquette -- in this case, how to be tactful about good and bad fortune in a world that offers both:
 
(1) Appreciate what you have. Lighthearted complaints are fine, and if you are good at complaining entertainingly, by all means do. But people generally prefer to read positive status updates. And friends who don't have a spouse/child/job/house/dog/iPhone don't want to hear you talk about yours as though it is nothing but a burden. 
(2) Don't mention numbers. You can decide whether to talk salary, mortgages, or weight among close friends. But never put numbers on Facebook.
Also, for this special edition on "College and Beyond," I interviewed attorney Michael Anderson, with whom I took a Shakespeare acting class this past fall. Enjoy!
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