Facebook Pet Peeves

Wednesday, 26 August 2009


Disclaimer: I'm not so great at FB etiquette, I'll be the first one to admit it. I'm also guilty of breaking some of my own pet peeves such as 5, 7 and 9. But here's my take on annoying behavior on Facebook. There seem to be dozens of these lists floating around. Please - share your pet peeves too! We can make FB a better place, one peeve at a time.

1. TMI (too much information) – potty training your child step by step?? Yuck. And we don’t want to hear about you trying out a stand-up urinate device for women in your shower. Disgusting!

2. Friend request – just because I may have known your name from college or high school doesn’t mean I want to be “friends” with you on Facebook. I am not in a race to get to 550 friends first so please, don’t take it personally and don’t send me repeat messages asking what I have against you. Do you really care that much if someone doesn’t add you on a social networking site? Follow me on Twitter.

3. Poke? Does anyone really still do that anymore?

4. I’d rather you not upload grainy, yellow photos of me from 10 years ago and tag me. Feel free to tag yourself, though.

5. Facebook users should be allowed to update their status once every hour. No one really cares about: “Sipping an iced-tea on the deck. Going to iron my outfit for tomorrow. Getting a shipment of makeup in the mail tomorrow, need to be home to sign for it. Thinking of making roast chicken for dinner. Price Is Right is on TV. Anyone know how to clean the cracks between tiles?...” Come on. TRY to be interesting.

6. Every time you sign onto FB and see that I’m on FB, resist the urge to send me a “S’up?” chat message, please. Sometimes folks just want to veg and not have to type back and forth about nothing.

7. We know you think you are smarter than everyone else. Problem is, your know-it-all attitude is tiresome to others and YOU don't notice it. Attorneys, journalists, doctors, professors... really think they are the cream of the crop but please, know that your opinion is just that - an OPINION. It would be nice if you could back off a little when I post things on my page for people to think about. You have your own page, yeah?

8. If you have especially extreme political, cultural or religious views, do you have to propagate on FB? Start a blog so people have a choice of whether to log on and see your ridiculous hatred. De-friended? Yep. (And yes, I realize you can just as easily de-friend me.)

9. The “like” option is adorable. I “like” it. I don’t like people commenting on my pictures or status with only a smiley or frowny face. That’s what the “like” is for.

10. Please don’t Invite me to join generic causes or groups. I appreciate that you want to start a movement against those who wear perfume that is not organically constructed but FB to me is a place to see pictures and find out what my friends are up to - that’s all. I use LinkedIn as a professional networking site and Twitter is fun to randomly spew the day’s going-ons.

14 comments

Tiffany said...

If I get another request for Mafia stuff or some water for a farm I am going to lose it. I hate those applications!

Anonymous said...

Yes, those annoying doctors ;) I think I am buying a photo scanner this weekend in rebellion. I shall name the photo album "Butler dorm, how I loved thee."

CC

Elizabeth said...

Does having a friend who insists on adding your friends as a friend count? (When they have no earthly idea who that person is?)

Denae said...

Ha - love these already! Yes, the dreaded Mafia wars. Casey - woe to you if you post nd tag pics of me with big bangs (what was I thinking!) hee hee and Elizabeth - def that counts. Eeek!!!

Ted Stryk said...

I leave chat disabled for that very reason. You can always message back and forth with someone, but I always seem to get a zillion chat messages devoid of any purpose when I have chat activated.

Chris F. said...

You pretty much covered the nuts and bolts of it. My biggest pet peeve is some people feeling the need to tag me for pictures that don't pertain to me or any particular event that I am a part of. I don't even care for my own pictures for that matter.

Denae said...

Ted - I have to do that. Thanks for the heads up. Chris - yes, like the strange little cartoon posters? Ugh.

~P~ said...

Ha..nice post, I've got to probably paste ur post on my facebook status msg.
My pet peeve was getting those farmville requests...bt heck/! i gave in once, now i'm addicted to it.LOL. Though I choose not to publish all generous reports on my frnd's pages I admit I also break sm rules once in a while.

Chris F. said...

Yes, the cartoon posters and what not.

Teri's Blog said...

Ditto! Or should I say "Like"?

Becky said...

Since I'm on FB mostly from my Blackberry, I "miss out" on all those requests and games and whatnot. I logged into the computer version and saw that I had 150 requests awaiting my response. Um.... no thanks. I'm on Facebook for the faces, not the apps.

I may be guilty of TMI sometimes, but only if it's something supremely funny. :)

Becky said...

Oh, and I have TOTALLY unfriended people for being political. I am a jerk. I do not care. :)

Denae said...

P - The dreaded farm requests! Chris - oh no the cartoon posters. Which character are you? Teri - totally lol. Becky - I have to try a Blackberry AND you're right about TMI - love it when it's supremely funny.

Anonymous said...

the religious nuts who use it as a proselyting tool get up my nose. I am always puzzled at the so called "550 friends" you mention - do they really qualify as FRIENDS? Perhaps they should change the invite from being friends to something else. Any suggestions?