A Guide to Social Media Etiquette

Losing a friend or loved one can be devastating. Since most people don't encounter it often, they don't know the proper etiquette of sharing and handling the situation on social media in general, and on facebook.com in particular. Becoming familiar with the acceptable practices can help you to better communicate with friends and family through Facebook and other social media resources during this difficult time.

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When a loved one passes, it's important to let friends and family members know about it. The general rule of thumb is to allow the immediate family to make the announcement of the person's passing. If you're not in the immediate family, give them a chance to make a formal announcement by other means and on social media before you do so.

Losing a loved one can be a challenging time, but there are ways to communicate clearly with others and share your condolences in a way that is honoring and respectful. For more information on the proper etiquette for communicating on social media, download our "Guide to Social Media Etiquette" whitepaper by clicking the button below.