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Are You Guilty of These Social Media Mistakes?

Are you a reckless poker? Do you invite everyone to everything? Are you guilty of over-commenting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might just be issued a social media citation.

Here are some major social media faux pas’ that I’ve encountered a lot over the last few months.

Excessive activity

Now, we’re talking about over-sharing, over-commenting, over-posting, over-Tweeting, over-anything really.

Or, perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of one too many unwanted virtual gifts? Annoying? Yes, if you aren’t guilty of participating in annoying games such as Cafe Restaurant yourself (but preparing dishes can be oh so much fun!).

Obviously, we’re also referring to excessive poking? Getting one poke every so often reminds us that friends, family and the occasional weirdo is thinking about us, but to inundate someone with a barrage of pokes is kind of creepy.

The moral of the story is: poke with caution. Yes, think before you poke. Better safe than sorry, right?

Self-indulgent behaviour

We know that you think you’re fabulous? Heck, we might agree with you, but we don’t need to be reminded of this on an hourly basis.

Case in point: we don’t care about your ‘OMG, you seriously told all your Facebook friends about this yawner status’ update. Just because you care doesn’t mean we should. Show some restraint!

Is that profile picture of you in a speedo flexing your six-pack really necessary? There’s a lot to be said about leaving something to the imagination.

Also, do us all a favour and spread out some of those self-congratulatory posts and self-indulgent quizzes. Sometimes less is more.

Blatant cruelty

Sometimes we are physically pained by your lack of cultural sensitivity, tagging unflattering photos of us and your use of excessive vulgarity.

You’re the party-pooper. Really, you’ve ruined the experience for the rest of us! So don’t acted shocked at any resulting defriending(s) and/or unfollowing(s) after such a ghastly foul-up.

Don’t fret, find solace in the fact that most of us have probably been guilty of one or more of these social media citations at one point or another. You’re not alone.

Care to add to this list? What indiscretions are you or your peeps guilty of in the world of social media?

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5 Responses to this post.

  1. Kimberly, The Fur Mom's Gravatar

    Posted by Kimberly, The Fur Mom on 10.08.12 at 5:30 am

    I used to have a list, but today my thought is that “it’s my wall, I’ll post what I want.” We can so easily unfollow, unfriend, and unsubscribe to people that I stopped caring what other people did. My sister in law loves to post about how great sex is with my baby brother – so I hid all of her status updates. My cousin only writes in ebonics and it makes me cringe, but I continue to follow him, because it’s funny too. Several of my friends hold opposing view points on religion and politics to the point of being offensive sometimes – but they also are the people who engage me in the best conversations and I learn more from people I disgree with than people I agree with.

    I say let’s keep these people. If we can’t handle their activity – then unfriend – if we can, then they’re a lesson on what Not to Do for many.

    What astounds me is that people do this on a profile with very little privacy protection – haven’t they clued in that employers check out our social media activity?
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  2. Paul's Gravatar

    Posted by Paul on 10.08.12 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for this Great Tips!!
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  3. Eva's Gravatar

    Posted by Eva on 10.08.12 at 5:30 am

    I don’t mind getting poked. It tickles.

    Facebook pokes are so few and far between, and it is usually someone over 60 that saw a word they understood on the screen and clicked it. I don’t get mad… I just refuse to poke back.

    One “friend” who had recently lost a ton of weight, was at a Memorial Day Zumbathon with myself and a friend. I get a frantic call saying – “Did you see so and so’s wall?!?” I said no, I rarely visit her wall. Apparently, she found an unflattering pic of us, sweaty, bloated, and in matching red white and blue horizontally striped tank tops (we won the patriotic twins contest – don’t judge us). We looked wide, greasy, and awful – we are usually super fabulous. Anyhew, with no fear, I commented with something like – “For the love of all that is good and right in the world, remove that photo or I will be forced to say things that children of God aren’t expected to say. I thought we were cool.”

    She took it down. I haven’t unfriended her – for political reasons – but I do check her facebook wall for foolishness every now and then. Okay, I am lying. I don’t.
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  4. lauraleewalker's Gravatar

    Posted by lauraleewalker on 10.08.12 at 5:30 am

    Hi Eva! Too funny! Love it. Yay for your response to your Facebook friend! In the face of unflattering photos, you don’t hang your head in shame (nor should you, we all have them! usually they are where they belong–deleted of the face off the planet!), you put the blame precisely where the blame should be! Good on you! :) )

  5. lauraleewalker's Gravatar

    Posted by lauraleewalker on 10.08.12 at 5:30 am

    Wow! There are things sisters are NOT meant to hear! Hooray for being able to hide certain people’s status updates. :) )

    There’s something to be said about learning from other people’s different opinions. Very true! I generally shy away from any topic about religion and politics when travelling, and since I have Facebook friends from all over the world, I use the same rule of thumb.

    Yes, this is very Orwellian, Big Brother, er, future employers could be watching on some level or another. B-e-w-a-r-e!!

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