With over 1 billion global users, it goes without saying that Facebook is probably the most popular social networking site in the world. Founded by then-Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, the site has a revenue of US $ 5.1 billion in 2012 and almost 5,000 employees under its belt.
Almost everyone who has a computer and has access to the Internet most likely has a Facebook account. Aside from connecting with people you already know, Facebook is also a great medium for meeting someone new or promoting your business by creating a page about it.
As part of its feature, Facebook allows users to “broadcast” or share past, present, and future happenings, pictures, and links that they find interesting. It also allows them to share memorable dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, and relationship status changes to their friends. There is a great deal whenever one changes his/her relationship status in Facebook, permitting friends from “liking” or commenting on such. Now that you met someone new, you then ask yourself this question, “When is the right time to change one’s Facebook status?”
When you do not have any legal impediments to do so
You may take Facebook lightly and just post anything that you want to post on your account, invoking your right to freedom of expression. If you are this type of person, then think again. On several accounts, people have been ordered a fine or have been subjected to litigation in court for things that they post in their Facebook accounts. One man from Michigan was charged with polygamy after posting pictures of his wedding to his second wife, despite just being separated and not divorced his first; Facebook accounts are being used as pieces of evidence to testify that you are somewhere instead of being otherwise; pictures of you drinking far too many drinks or even engaging in less than legal acts may be taken against you in court.
So before you change your Facebook relationship status, think of its legal consequences before doing so.
When both parties mutually agree to make a status change
It does not look nice to change your Facebook status without the other party doing the same. It looks sad (and desperate-looking besides). Changing your Facebook status at the same time gives you a feeling of security that he considers your relationship serious enough for the whole world (or at least your Facebook friends) to see and that he is not ashamed to admit it. It is like winning first prize in a very prestigious competition to have people see your Facebook status change (making detractors firm about their premise that Facebook promotes Narcissism among the users). A status change is taken to be an announcement of sorts in the Facebook community, and to avoid being talked about (especially when your back is turned), ask your guy if it is alright to do so, and if you can do it together.
When you are ready for making that change
As mentioned earlier, a relationship status change is like an announcement of sorts in the Facebook community. If you are the type of person who likes to get the attention of everyone, then by all means change your relationship status at whim; on the other hand, if you are a shy person and do not know how to evade the prying comments of your paparazzi-like friends, then be discreet and postpone changing your relationship status until such time that you are ready to do so.
For some reason, anything that you say in Facebook creates a hullabaloo among your friends, relationship status changes included. They make a big fuzz out of it, wanting to see who the lucky guy is, checking his picture to see how he looks like, to the point of stalking his Facebook account like a detective eager to see a flaw in him. You will also find a lot of comments from your friends, some encouraging, but mostly embarrassing. So if you are ready for all of these, then you may go ahead and make the change.