12 Most Annoying Ways to Tick People Off on Social Media

12 Most Annoying Ways to Tick People Off on Social Media

Are you one of those people on social media who lives to “mix it up?” Then this article is for you.

There are numerous ways to irritate and annoy others in real life, of course. But I’m talking about the online world — blogging started as the original place to speak your mind and now social media has become the top “flame war” playground for many.

Here are 12 ways for you to tick people off.

1. Don’t read the referenced article

It’s important that you not read what it is you’re commenting on. The best way to look completely ignorant is to make comments on something you know nothing about.

2. Talk only about yourself

The best way to not make friends on social media is to be sure not to interact. Don’t be friendly or generous with your RTs either while you’re at it.

3. Insult someone

The best way is to attack someone personally whom you don’t know. It’s also helpful to make judgmental statements about someone’s character or appearance.

4. Ignore comments

Whether it’s on social media or your blog, whatever you do, do NOT reply to comments. It’s clearly a waste of time and beneath you.

5. Spam

The best way to be reported or even blocked is to repeatedly spam your links to your own stuff. AutoDMs asking people to buy and like your stuff, especially if you send them repeatedly, is particularly effective.

6. Disagree

Even if you like someone (which is doubtful… as if), be sure to disagree with someone’s point just to make sure you have the last word.

7. Name-call

You don’t care if someone’s feelings are hurt when you call them names. It’s your free speech right. Right?

8. Bully

Despite protests from do-gooders, you love to make fun of people and cut them down to size. Just because they are upset doesn’t mean you need to worry about that. Wimps.

9. Send unsolicited and inappropriate photos

By all means, send people pictures of yourself in compromising positions, particularly if you’ve just met them and know nothing about them.

10. Scold

Be sure you tell someone how they should be conducting their lives. It’s clearly your job since they’ve outgrown their parents at this point.

11. Stalk

It’s important you comment on every post on each social media channel so the person you’re targeting knows you are watching. How else can you freak them out?

12.  And finally… talk about religion and politics

There’s no better way to rile people up than by disagreeing with their life values and telling them what they should believe.

I hope you’ve found this list helpful and I look forward to hearing about your accomplishments. Any questions or comments? Please share below so I can ignore them.

Featured image courtesy of the Italian voice licensed via Creative Commons.

Rachel Thompson

http://badredheadmedia.com/

Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Rachel is the creator and founder of #MondayBlogs and #SexAbuseChat and an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

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42 comments
warner
warner

You forgot a major one; Change the subject and be affronted if they try to go back to their original post.

Ivan Chan
Ivan Chan

You know what’s funny? A lot of these actions would be utterly despicable if done face-to-face, and yet people think they can somehow get away with it just because it’s online.

Thanks for sharing this great list. Hopefully, some of “those people” would take a hint. Or not, since they’re probably too busy ticking people off! :)

A_K_Taylor
A_K_Taylor

I have seen and hate all of these too, lol. Probably the top 3 are: the auto DMs, politics and religion, and bullying. Bullying is #1 for me since it hits awfully close to home. Can't say I have really been stalked (that is not an invitation), and hope that I am not. I am all about having a healthy online relationships with people since I get up everyday to interact with people online!

juliedawnharris45
juliedawnharris45

I hate #8. Online bullying are getting worse today and it doesn't make any sense at all. You did highlight  it well Rachel. These are all annoying. 

BethBuelow
BethBuelow

I experience a variation of #6 sometimes on my page... the tone of my page is optimistic and supportive, but there are a few people who INSIST on being the naysayer, contrarian or glass-half-empty person. Or to point #12, they look for ways to reference religion when it's so not necessary or relevant.  

One that gets to me: "Post this to 10 people's walls if you love them!" and derivations thereof. Ugh. E-mail chain letters were bad enough... keep them off social media, please!

Thanks for the chance to vent (probably another social media no-no!), great post!

Franklin Stover
Franklin Stover

Misplaced modifiers tick me off, so that raises it to 14. "The best way is to attack someone personally whom you don’t know" should read  "...to personally attack someone whom you do not know. . .  

terryz253
terryz253

I am a beginner troll.  I have grown up under a rock and now want to expand my territory to that hill there beyond my imagination.  I have not done much online as a person who wants to somehow be abused the same as if I went back in time to my first awkward day at High School and started to part my hair down the middle.  It was a bad move.  I looked like I just woke up and my hair would not stay in place.  I kept trying to part my hair with my hands but it was trying to move back to that side part look.  I was just starting my first class and this was how my time in High School went for another 4 years.  

This online social media quote; LIKE me stuff is like my first day in High School.  I still have my troll jammies and my Troll Action Figures on my dresser and my Troll teevee series lunch box all kept in pristine mint condition.  I even spent the money and bought Troll underwear but that is TMI and I will save it for a future blog.  Anyway, I want to learn how to avoid being caught as a troll while online and appear not to have an issue with my ego.  The "like" button is very tempting, I must admit.  I do want that feature on my bed pillow cover each night.  It will keep me warm inside knowing that someone, anyone out there actually likes me.  Is there a way to train myself, like I had to train my hair all those years ago, to train myself to be sociable and not be a troll?  Is there hope for me?

PJ
PJ

Hi Rachel, I have a question about the DMs and sending links to one's book. I recently signed up for justunfollow to reply to knew followers and the message it sends is to welcome people to my blog. My blog is not a high pressure blog to "buy my book." Do you think that is okay? The reason I did this is that I get 10 to 30 new followers per day, but I work full time in addition to attempting to tweet my information, retweet or share other people's information, write blog posts, edit my 2nd book, as well as spend time with my family. How is one supposed to promote one's book if tweets and facebook shares are considered spam? 

DLowbridge
DLowbridge

number 12 is my pet hate. I don't mind people having their religious or political views. In fact I encourage them to explore their views to a level that they want. But don't enforce it on me.

jodineibeme
jodineibeme

It may look like I'm stalking. I'm not stalking, just happen to run into posts from people I'm following or connected to, lol

jodineibeme
jodineibeme

You mean don't reply to the negative comments or spam comments on your blogs or anyone elses. I never understand why people post such negative comments. Don't they realize they are online? Why do they want to ruin a good discussion or post?

anitahovey
anitahovey

I'm going to add a #13... I know... it's against the 12 Most rules... HA ...probably means I'm doing #14 Ignore Forum Rules :)

Be vague and incoherent. Make sure your point of view is obfuscated by riddles, biblical quotes and random references to Wikipedia.

I've got this one guy... he's really quite harmless so I don't block him, but... WOW. I can NEVER understand what his point is.

dbvickery
dbvickery

I know I've become annoyed with a few people on G+ hijacking comments with the wealth of wisdom in that one word phrase..."Hi". Doing due diligence, I go look at the profile - because if legit, I still want to respond to this fountain of "Hi" wisdom - but the profile just has selfies w/varying levels of lack of clothing.

I thought with that kind of wisdom I'd get a monk on a mountain or something, you know?

PerryBlock
PerryBlock

I'm pleased to say I don't do any of those things.  And as a liberal Jewish Democrat, that makes me proud!

JLLicea
JLLicea

Oh, darn. I was smiling because I do none of those.

Well, except one...

Great post! I must share this.

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@warner That's a great point! It is kinda nuts. IDK if people are just that single-focused or just cant go with the flow LOL. Thanks Warner for reading and sharing. 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@Ivan Chan So true and a great point, Ivan. It can be frustrating to see people make insulting comments, bullying, or spamming and yet I see others who do those things complain about people who do it! 

I guess it's hard to recognize in ourselves what we don't like in others. 

Course some people are just clueless LOL. 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@A_K_Taylor Agree, bullying is a terrible problem on the various sites. Polite discourse is the way to go -- disagreements are fine and I encourage people to share their thoughts and opinions -- in a grownup way. 

There's no place in our short lives for bullying online -- thank goodness for the block button! 


xx

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@juliedawnharris45 thanks, Julie! It's quite sad, really, and as someone who's out there on social quite a bit, I've had my fair share. 

It's important to report any type of bullying behavior. There's just no other way around it. There's free speech, certainly, but when it crosses into bullying, there should be consequences IMHO. 

:) 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@BethBuelow I agree, so annoying. The ones that say 'post if you love your kids!' are like trick questions. 

As for disagreeing -- I'm fine w/ polite discourse. We all have different backgrounds and views. That's great! It's when people go out of their way to be rude that it becomes overbearing and unnecessary. 

Thanks for reading and sharing, Beth! 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@terryz253 Of course there is. But only is you were the undies WITH the jammies. 

Very funny. Thanks for the humor. 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@DLowbridge exactly! I also think that, for authors, it can be alienating. If your book isn't about politics or religion, you run the risk of upsetting an entire potential audience by expressing those views. 

Not that we can't still be authentic. But it can be limiting is all. 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@egpritchard well, this isn't a list in any particular order of priority, but I appreciate your thoughts on it. 

I should have made that clear. 

Thank you for reading and commenting. :) 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@jodineibeme I don't think of that as stalking. That's a basic connection. 

What I mean is when someone reacts to EVERY tweet, EVERY post, on all channels. Then it gets just a bit freaky. :) 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@jodineibeme right? Don't they realize it's a public forum? Not only that, but once said, it's there forever. Potential clients or companies can look anyone up. Library of Congress, anyone? :) 

Not to say we can't have real, authentic conversations. But like anything else in life, treat how you want to be treated. Use our manners. 

thx so much for the comments, Jodi 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@anitahovey as we discussed on Twitter, yes! Some people seem to take pride in being purposefully vague. I have one guy too (why is it always a guy LOL?) who speaks in riddles. I just leave him a smiley face. I'm sure he makes sense to himself. 

I'd rather have 10 of him than 1 name-caller, though. 

xx


RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@dbvickery You'd think. Monks on a mountain would be better than the fake bots, for sure. 

Thanks for reading! 

HapaMom212
HapaMom212

I hate auto dms! I ignore them. Why, people, why?!

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@sharongreenthal right? I'd love to see some hard data on CTRs, views, likes, etc. I can't imagine it's effective if we're blocking them. :)

thx for reading. 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@JLLicea Thanks so much, honey. Appreciate the comments! 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

@HapaMom212 I think it's because people think it's what they're SUPPOSED to do, or they just don't know any better. It's like a perception bias: we know because we've been on Twitter for awhile and have become fatigued by all the spam. 

They don't know, if they're new or spend little time bothering to learn. 

Thanks for the comment! 

anitahovey
anitahovey

@RachelintheOC @sharongreenthal You know what? I teach a lot of beginner social media classes and sometimes the students think they're great... to receive! Usually they've lucked out by getting a link to a paper/article that is actually relevant to them. Then I explain how they've been abused and they promise to never do it themselves.

HapaMom212
HapaMom212

You are right. Eventually, they will also learn. But until then, my dm box is getting quite fat ;)

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