12 Most Off-Putting Facebook Posts

12 Most Off-Putting Facebook Posts

Much has been written about annoying social media habits, but evidently not enough.

Could you see yourself handing out any of this at a cocktail party?

1. Disturbing photos

Pictures of starving babies, burned dogs, and people with horrible disfigurements are in poor taste and are very upsetting to some people. We know there is usually a very good cause involved, but use some discretion.

2. Hard sales

Not everyone is in the market for expensive make-up or real estate. Share something the whole class can enjoy.

3. Guilt trips

“Make this your status for an hour or else you were a) not raised right or b) don’t care about babies with cancer” just makes people feel bad. The modern version of a chain letter doesn’t help the cause.

4. Games

This is like forcing people to play charades when they hate parlor games. Ask them first if they like games and whether they will mind the hacks, spams and viruses that come with some of them.

5. Urban myths

Before posting that eating pomegranate seeds will cause your kneecaps to burst, run it through Snopes.

6. Religion

Don’t assume everyone shares your faith. There are places people can go for fellowship and like-minded praise and worship: actual buildings and private Facebook groups.

7. Confessions

Too much information is, well, too much. If you wouldn’t tell your spouse, your mother, or your shrink why would you tell me?

8. Profanity

A well-placed expletive is justified for real outrage or disappointment. A post with ten F-bombs about a funny YouTube video shows a real lack of vocabulary.

9. Fire alarms

“Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!” posts about all manner of foods that will give you cancer or a neti-pot worm that will eat your brain should be thoroughly vetted first. (See Snopes reference above.)

10. Crypticisms

“I’m so mad!” doesn’t really give us a lot to go on or any way to help.

11. No links

Telling us about a really cool website is fine, but put the link, okay? And not the one with 417 characters; a shortened one, please.

12. Wrong tech advice

If you run a tech support company, we’d love to have your advice on the best antivirus software or the right way to partition a hard drive.

In short, behave online like you would at a social event. Rules of polite society have not been suspended for internet interaction. Seriously.

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Kim Phillips


Kim Phillips is the founder of Lucid Marketing and author of the Lucid at Random blog.  With over 30 years of experience in corporate advertising for a major financial institution, sales and marketing, Kim provides clients with marketing communication strategies, branding, content management and creative services.  She is a teacher and speaker, and she finds time for musings and the occasional rant on her personal blog. 

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