Several months ago i found a sticky note pad with OMG on it. Amused, I bought it. Haven’t used much of it, really, just like this one: Social Media Citations.
I found it funny, yet true. And I could give myself several citations. I finally look at the maker’s name : Knock Knock, or Who’s There Inc. Where have I been? They have lots of cool and funny stuff. Check out their website.
Back to Social Media Citations: these are more Facebook etiquette violations or Facebook pet peeves. Which ones are yours? Which ones are you guilty of? Which ones are valid? Here’s what’s on the list:
- Banal status updates
- Tagging unflattering photos of others
- Narcissistic profile photo swapping
- Long-winded lists of interests
- Endless relationship status changes
- Cultural, political, and/or racial insensitivity
- Weather reports
- “Liking” your own status
- “Liking” stupid things
- Partaking in self-indulgent quizzes
- Excessive vulgarity
- Participating in annoying games
- Sending unwanted virtual gifts
- Inviting everyone to everything
- Self-congratulatory posting
- Not inviting me to anything
- Friending nonfriends
- Inspirational quote abuse
The notepad says it all. However ….. I see things differently. There are many different reasons why people are in social media. And it’s people from the world-wide-web – people from different cultures who speak different languages and all that. Imagine a diverse group of people on your Facebook news feed: this is life, in digital. If you don’t like what other people put out there or how they behave on the platforms you hang out at, unfollow them.. No one is forcing you to be their friend. Unfollow or accept, it’s that simple. Who made you the social media police? Why be a snob? There are other things in life (if you have forgotten) that are more important than social media etiquette, or dotting all your i’s and crossing your t’s in social media. If you’re trying to promote yourself to build a career and make a living out of social media, that’s a different story of course.
On the other hand, I’m still a big believer of manners. I try to mind my own.
One thing is clear, we all fell into the world-wide-web and the creators of the iPhone and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. We got attracted, and are caught up on it. And there are people out there who aren’t. They don’t even know of such a thing as ‘social media etiquette.’
Now let me ask you, what’s your take on this? Do you have other pet peeves on Twitter and blogging?