Casual Friday: Ditch These Annoying Social Media Habits
With a smart phone, you can post to Twitter or Facebook from just about anywhere - on a roller coaster, during a meeting, even on the toilet. While it's great to post updates about your life and interesting tidbits you find on the internet, some people can develop social media habits that are downright annoying. Here are some Facebook faux pas and Twitter no-no's that really drive us up the wall.
Have Something to Say
Example Post: "Can't wait for the weekend!"
Mobile technology makes it easy for you to post every single thought that pops into your head, but that doesn't mean you should. Remember that old adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?" Well it can be applied to social media, too, but replace the word "nice" with "interesting." Your friends and family enjoy hearing your unique and compelling thoughts, but no one enjoys the mundane.
Example Post: "Ugh! Why is everyone so rude to me?"
When you're annoyed or upset, it's a good idea to vent, but the internet is not the place for it. If you're having a bad day, put down the phone and go for a walk, exercise, meditate or find some other way to relieve stress. If you post negative comments too often on Facebook or Twitter, your friends and followers will start to think that you are that way in real life!
Beware of TMI
Example Post: "I haven't cut my toenails in six weeks!"
Maybe you're so used to posting on your phone that you don't think twice when sharing a fact that you find interesting. But often, people's personal posts border on the disgusting, which is sure to alienate Facebook friends. A good rule of thumb is to refrain from mentioning any bodily functions.
And while we're at it, be careful when sharing any information about your address, phone number or workplace. Giving out too much personal data can threaten your mobile security and make it easy for scammers to steal your identity. If you must share your cell number on Facebook, consider getting a second mobile number, so that your primary phone number can stay private.
Don't Be Vengeful
Example Post: "My ex-boyfriend used to call out for his Mommy after a nightmare!"
So you've been dumped, cheated on, harassed or otherwise mistreated. There are ways to deal with such issues without using Facebook and Twitter as your personal revenge tools. If you are tired of being harassed, go to the authorities, or de-friend your tormentors. If it's a bad breakup, save the revenge talk for when you're with friends.
The next time you pick up your mobile device to tweet, please keep these tips in mind. It could help you grow your base of online fans, friends and followers.