Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post by the very talented and always amusing MarketingMel associate Sarah Kinsler.
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.
I don’t think you’re alone in your list of pet peeves. I think they all fit on my list as well. Hopefully, those offenders will take heed!
Yes, Sarah definitely hit the nail on the head with this one!
I agree with all your points and have to say that the selfie posted “how awful is this picture” makes me laugh out loud!!
Cracking up as I am reading this! These pet peeves drive me nuts too … and I giggled a little with this one –> “We all know you like the photo, or you would not have posted it.”
Glad you giggled too at the narcissism Jennifer!
Maybe this article will help those offenders! Haha Sue and Jennifer, I agree, it is so funny to see people posting their “bad” photos. haha
I agree with the “if you wouldn’t say it on a first date, don’t say it.” Unfortunately, as 50 First Dates Girl, I’ve had too many experiences with guys who will talk about their diarrhea on a first date, so maybe you are facebook friends with them 🙂
haha Jessica, I can’t believe people would say that on a first date! You’re right, maybe we are Facebook friends!
I don’t really have any SM pet peeves… if I’m not interested, I don’t read or comment. If I am seeing stuff that is consistently uninteresting to me from a specific source, I disconnect our SM tie. I’m sure someone else will find it just their cup of tea!
Katherine C. H. E.
Author, Be True Rich
Yes, I agree. These are definitely things that I do not love on social media. I would also like to add that I have never received and auto DM on twitter that has provided value to me. Ever.
Tiffany that is so true. Auto DM’s are a *pain*!
I agree about all of these but especially about the game invites. I can understand that people like games, but seriously if I responded to every one of those invites I wouldn’t have any time to do anything else.
Of course my other social media pet peeve right now is the sponsored posts (which cannot be blocked) by companies that I don’t like, won’t follow, and feel people should avoid. But I’m not sure what to do about that one except ignore them.
Those game invites drive me crazy too Mira!