Kirstie Lundgaard (@KirstieLund) and I had a rant on Twitter about Facebook and Twitter abuse yesterday.
Facebook and Twitter is social, it’s a conversation but yet much of our behaviour on the networks is anti-social.
There are two principles that will always keep you on the straight and narrow: create and share good content; and don’t be an idiot.
Several people jumped into the conversation.
We’ve compiled a summary of the worst abuses below and yes we could have focused on the positive but that wouldn’t have been as cathartic or nearly so much fun.
RTs of your own content (guilty as charged).
#2 Bad behaviour
Divas, egotists, gurus, meanies, moaners and screamers.
#3 Bombing runs
Repeatedly tweeting out the same link or hashtag to multiple people to get attention.
#4 Humble brags
Any contrived mention of your car, commute, home, travel or work. We don’t care.
#5 Faux wisdom
Random out of context quotes. “Adversity is just another word for opportunity.” No it isn’t.
#6 Hashtag abuse
Over use of hashtags, inappropriate hashtags and hashtag spam #for #no #sensible #reason #at #all.
#7 Clients and employers
Disclosure please. Simple.
#8 Content curators
Facebook and Twitter feeds that look like an RSS feed of content from other sources.
#9 Passive aggressive posts
“I no longer have the patience with some people,” and similar posts. We haven’t got a clue what you’re on about. If you need help please ask. Mainly a Facebook thing.
#10 Flawed #FF
#FollowFriday, or #FF for short, has been abused by spam. If someone is worthy tell us why, and one person at a time.
#11 Follower chasing
I’ve only 984,970 followers or likes to go to get to a 1,000,000. Please follow, like, RT.
#12 Needy posts
Please RT my message, image, or video. Mainly a brand thing but often used by teachers demonstrating how a message travels in a social network. Embarrassing when it fails.
#13 Favourite stalkers
Followers that repeatedly favourite content on Twitter but never engage. Not to be confused with people that use favourite as a way of building a list of people or collating content.
#14 DM stalkers
Creepier than Favourite stalkers these frequently sleazy Twitter users communicate solely by DM. Often a boy thing.
#15 Internet of things
Data from devices, often wearables. It’s great you’ve been out for a run (although you could probably go a bit faster). We’ve been eating cake and don’t care. Jog on.
#16 App automation
My best RTs this week came from you and other tweets. Thanks for followings DMs. Auto content curation. It ain’t social.
Lots of this mainly on Facebook. If you don’t share this you will die alone in the most awful way imaginable. Share if you’re not a racist, sexist, homophobe. I need 10,000 likes to get my kid an operation.
#18 Desperate measures
PLEASE FOLLOW ME OR LIKE MY PAGE.
#19 Food tweets
We all have to eat. Please use Instagram.
#20 Over the top
Your tweet was so awesome. No it wasn’t really.
Thanks for adding me to your fantastic list. Its just a list.
#21 RT fail
People that mean to RT or MT but use quotes because they’re using a lousy app.
Nicking ideas or content and re-purposing it as their own. It’s not cool.
Tweetlonger and its ilk. Twitter is 140 characters. That’s it.
#24 Links behind a paywall
Facebook groups from Twitter, Financial Times, The Times etc. We can’t see them.
#25 Klout bragging
Touting Klout scores as a metric of personal influence. Everyone is influential in their own networks. We wouldn’t be following you otherwise.
Thanks to @adparker, @danslee, @EEPaul, @forgepr, @hallmeister, @kchadda, @Raphaelite_Girl, @saturngirl, @Shedworking, @ThePaulSutton and @tonyveitchuk, for joining in the chat and offering many of the contributions above.
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