Last week, Kerri from Hey Kerri Blog posted her reasons why she would not follow you on Twitter. I loved her reasons; who can relate? Social media can be wonderful, but it can also be an obnoxious (and addictive) pastime.
My social media pet peeves:
Fishing for attention. You’ve seen the cryptic posts: someone shares a sliver of dramatic information, prompting others to ask if there’s a problem… But the poster can’t discuss it. Why open that can of worms?
Over-sharing. It’s okay if you don’t tell us how many times you used the bathroom today.
Constant negativity. Look. We ALL have bad days and go through dark times. Try to think of something positive… it might start with putting down your phone.
Too many selfies. I remember what you look like. Promise.
Believing (and sharing) everything you read. This might be hard to swallow, but not everything on the internets is true. Say it ain’t so. A little research never hurt anyone.
Posting sad or gross pictures. Please keep the pictures of your scab to yourself. Also see above.
Sharing social media accounts with your significant other. I don’t want to be judgmental, and I’m sure couples have their reasons, but every time I see this, I think someone in the relationship must have done something bad (like contacting an ex via Facebook bad). I KNOW this isn’t always the case. Feel free to chime in on this if I’m missing the point.
The “I’m going to delete friends/unfollow people today” person. Do you want me to beg you to let me stay? I’ll make it easier for you: Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
Fibbers. We generally see the best of a person’s life online: the spotless house, the dutiful husband, the designer bag. If I know you in real life, the bad stuff is harder to conceal. There’s no shame in being authentic.
Confrontation. I’m all for putting businesses who refuse to communicate with you on social media blast… it’s the quickest way to get their attention. But if it’s with an individual, please contact that person privately. Do not call me out on Twitter for not responding to an email or not saying hello to you at Kroger. It’s childish. Also, someone told me to “shut the eff up” on Twitter yesterday. That could have been handled more eloquently, too.
Do you agree with my pet peeves? What are yours?