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That Friend Who Posts Everything On Social Media

Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too!

Q:My friend posts about her training on Facebook every single day—it floods my feed. My original solution was to block her posts, but she keeps asking me if I’ve seen her photos. What should I say?

You can very simply tell her no, you missed them. There is nothing wrong with doing that. After it happens a few times, your friend will either stop asking or she will press. Remember that how you choose to participate on social media is completely up to you. I don’t participate socially a whole lot on Facebook and I have a few friends who (even after two years of very little presence on the site) still say things like “Didn’t you see it? I posted it to Facebook,” and I still have to reply with, “Yeah, I’m rarely on so I don’t catch much.”

You may feel like a broken record, but in time your friend will understand. Now, you do have the option (even if you’ve blocked her posts) to go to her page and look at a few photos in your own time and comment on them if you wish. This might be a way to keep her from constantly asking you about it, but also not reopen your feed to her over-posting habits.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post, is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th edition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. Lizzie does speaking engagements across the country sharing advice about entertaining, weddings, dating, dining etiquette, tech-etiquette, finance and lifestyle. She has worked as a spokesperson for companies including Bank of America, American Express, AirBnB, and Genentech. She is a columnist with Women’s Running magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, and She is the co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast on American Public Media’s podcast network Infinite Guest. She is a regular guest on American Public Media’s The Dinner Party. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective with an engaging and modern voice. She delights in tackling etiquette’s taboo topics with the media, making her a popular source. Her interviews include NBC’s The Today Show, Katie, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Gayle King Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Redbook, The Huffington Post and more.