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My 9 Social Media Pet Peeves - Outside The Box

My 9 Social Media Pet Peeves

My 9 Social Media Pet Peeves

I love social media. As a blogger it is an essential part of my business. It allows me to share content. It allows me to engage with my readers and peers. It can be a starting point for business opportunities. Social media is fun, sometimes fast, and often informative. I spend a lot of time on the various platforms. I see a lot of things I like and I see a lot of things that drive me a little bonkers. For the most part there are no concrete rules in the world of social media and it’s up to the user to figure out/decide how they want to use it. If someone new to social media, particularly someone who is using social media as a business tool, were to ask me the DONT’S of engagement this is the list I would eagerly hand over to them.

Stop using buzz or nonsensical words.

Slipping them in every once in a while isn’t terrible but when you use them over and over it gets old fast. You know what’s EPIC? Moses parting the red sea. That was epic.

#stop #using #50 #hashtags #on #one #post #or #picture.

Seriously people, focus.

Auto direct messages on Twitter – just say no.

If I follow a person/business/event and get an automated message saying something along the lines of “thank you for following me, be sure to check out our FB page at…” There is a strong possibility that I am going to just undo that follow.

Automatic posting across social media platforms just isn’t pretty.

Every platform serves a different purpose and that 3 sentence Facebook post doesn’t translate well into 140 character tweet. Not only is it unattractive it shouts I am too lazy/important to do this right.

Shamelessly pitching yourself to brands on social media is, well, ugly.

Social media is a GREAT place to connect with brands and start the process of building a relationship. But there are right ways of doing it and there are wrong ways of doing it. For example, tweeting your followers to pressure a brand into working with you is a wrong way. So wrong.

Posting links back to your own content on someone else’s Facebook page is never the right thing to do.

It’s right up there with spam.

Not engaging with your followers when they engage with you goes against everything that social media is about.

If someone tweets you, a genuine tweet, not a vote request or an attempt to embroil you in a fight, tweet them back. Treat them like you are in the same room and they just spoke to you. Would you just ignore them? No it doesn’t have to be in real time but in a reasonably timely fashion.

Stop over sharing (crappy) food pictures.

I am a foodie. I love seeing pictures of amazing/interesting food. I do not need to see what you have for every meal, every day. And if you are in a setting where you cannot take a reasonably decent picture then just don’t.

Stop giving yourself titles that you haven’t earned or sometimes don’t even understand.

Guru, maven, expert – are you really? What are your credentials? How about you just be you.

What are your social media pet peeves? 


This article has 10 comments

  1. Haha, I agree with these totally..  I get many automated DM after following someone  and I usually do the same.  It is always nice when we get engagement back. It is nice to know we aren't talking to ourselves, which many times I feel I am
    My recent post Dancing on the Lighted Floor At the Mall – WW

    • It's all about the engagement!  I remember as a newbie and tweeting  a  few "bigger" bloggers and being totally ignored. I didn't follow them for long 🙂

  2. Thank you, thank you thank you for this post! I was sitting in a coffee shop next to this chick yesterday that was pitching an older couple to "build their website" She kept calling herself an SEO expert, and just the tidbits I overheard most of it was bad advice. Glad someone's not afraid to call out the Social media faux pas on blast!

  3. Hahaha!! I LOVE this, Shayna!!! A few of those really struck a chord with me 🙂 Oh and…since I just joined Instagram I will be sure not to use too many hashtags #InstagramNewbie #InstagramMaven #NoLongerAnInstagramVirgin #InstagramSpam 
    My recent post Play In The Outaouais! #OutaouaisFun

  4. I am disgusted daily when I scroll through my instagram feed of everyday meals, especially over the holidays. That heaping plate of 'everything but the kitchen sink' that you just slapped on your plate is gross. I don't want to see it.

  5. I dislike the maven, expert, guru label. It is overdone. Auto DMS also make me a bit nuts.

  6. Friends at NuPasta
    Monday 19 January 2015, 2:35 pm

    We at NuPasta love seeing tips like this (found this post via your twitter)! There definitely is some social media etiquette that people should follow, but a learning curve no doubt. I definitely agree that auto DMs impresses nobody. 

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