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.

What’s your least favorite kind of Facebook post?

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What’s your least favorite kind of Facebook post?

Featured image courtesy of Darwin Bell via Creative Commons.

Kim Phillips

http://www.getlucid.net/blog/

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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14 comments
Penguina
Penguina

People need to grow up and realize people have the right to post what they want on their own page. Quit trying to dictate to others. If want to post something about my religion or my politics that's my business, you don't have to read it. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

God123
God123

How can you have religion and not have politics?  

sweetsillianah
sweetsillianah

what about someone posting a pic of breastmilk mashed potato puree?

DixieLil
DixieLil

Kim, you're so right about the guilt trips and TMI confessions...My pet peeve is unsolicited, on the warpath political opinions...there's something called subtlety..wish more folks would use it!

alarep
alarep

Too personal - I don't want to know how many centimeters you are dilated.

Too many posts - We all make supper, I don't need to know what you are making every night and I don't need to know what time you woke up this morning.

The cryptic/attention-needy post is THE WORST though! "Praying for the Smith family" "This is the worst day of my life" The last thing I want to do is ask what is up.

Do I sound like a bitter FB user??

PFG
PFG

Missed one... #13 - please don't link to every song you love and listen to. Most of us aren't going to click on that song just because you like it and you take up our entire newsfeed. (13a - please stop quoting song lyrics like an angst filled teen... unless of course you ARE an angst filled teen)

dbvickery
dbvickery

Good points throughout, Kim. I know I can't stand the guilt trip verbiage in a Facebook post *or* at the end of some inspirational email.

And I appreciate the approach of asking about Games before inviting. I am *NOT* a Gamer - ever. Keep your viruses to yourself ;)

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Great article! If only we could get Everyone to read and follow these rules!

Sevastian Winters
Sevastian Winters

Dammit! I was gonna' grow a goiter and tell you all about it!

reneedobbs
reneedobbs

I have hidden friends because of their political rants and for a few of the reasons in the list. Those who are continually negative get the boot too.

sharongreenthal
sharongreenthal

I recently had to block a FB friend who posted about: her adult daughter's abnormal PAP smear and her large tax refund that was coming. WAY too much info for me.

dorienmorin
dorienmorin

Amen!

Oops, probably shouldn't say that, right?

I saw the headline go through Triberr and just HAD to read the article. Great job on finding all of the annoying stuff people write.

Penguina
Penguina

Well, I LIKE to reminisce to music, and I"m not going to stop despite your command to do so.  I'm 51, no angst but guess what?  ♪♪This ain't a song for the brokenheartedNo silent prayer for the faith departedAnd I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowdYou're gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loudIt's my lifeIt's now or neverI ain't gonna live foreverI just wanna live while I'm alive(It's my life)My heart is like an open highwayLike Frankie said, "I did it my way"I just wanna live while I'm alive'Cause it's my life!!♪♪ LOL

Penguina
Penguina

Who says there has to be "rules?"  Why can't people just lighten up and have fun? Geez.

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