1. It’s a status, not a soapbox.
When emotions are running high, step away from the keyboard. The last thing anyone wants to see in their news feed is a public rant. Hey, maybe you should create a blog? 😉 But seriously, social media is not the place to advertise your political views or other controversial topics.
Oh you have had awful diarrhea for the past three days? Thanks, thanks for sharing. Some things are better left unsaid. Remember content posted on the internet is forever. If you wouldn’t mention it on a first date, you shouldn’t mention it on Facebook.
3. Fishing for Compliments.
If you are sharing a photo on your social sites, you obviously approve of the image. Posting a “selfie” then hash-tagging it #SoUgly or #awfulPhoto is just silly. We all know you like the photo, or you would not have posted it.
4. Game Invites
It really doesn’t matter how many requests you send, NEVER have I, nor will I ever play Farmville.
5. Vague Updates
Nothing screams, “I want attention!” like a vague status that hints something awful. “I can’t believe that happened,” or, “I received really awful news today.” What’s worse than posting one of these? Posting, then automatically ignoring your Facebook while your friends comment/freak out over your “situation. ” If it was a big deal, you would have told us what happened. If it was something you need to keep private, you wouldn’t have posted it.
And there you have it folks. These are my top five Social Media Pet Peeves. What are some of yours?
Sarah Kinsler is a 2012 ETSU Public Relations graduate and an associate with MarketingMel. She helps MarketingMel’s clients build their social media and public relations strategies. She is a former champion cheerleader and still coaches cheerleading in her spare time.