3 Ways to Turn Your Social Media Friends Into Enemies
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
May 09 2012 05:24 PM ET
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In your attempt to share your life with your friends on an ever-growing pool of social media sites, you could be making a number of faux pas.
Intel today (May 9) released the results of its survey on etiquette in the digital world. While mobile etiquette has become well-known (people know to keep their voices down when talking on their cellphone in public), the ins and outs of social media pose some stickier questions.
The study results brought to light some of the more common faux pas people make when using sites like Facebook and we've added a few of our own.
No one likes a whiner
Complaints have their place online. People expect to read about problems with product on shopping and review sites — there, it's valuable and relevant. But on sites like Facebook and Twitter, complaints are largely unwelcome.
In the Intel survey, people who constantly complain online topped the list of pet peeves at 69 percent — a bigger source of annoyance than people who posted explicit photos and those guilty of sharing too much personal information.
Consider your audience
The opinionated also risked losing friends. Four out of 10 people surveyed said they typically choose not to associate with people whose opinions they disagreed with online. But that doesn't mean you have to refrain from sharing a video that you find hilarious, but others might find offensive. Be sensitive and selective. Facebook gives you the opportunity to share a post with just certain friends, or alternately, select friends who should not see it.
Too much of a good thing
Remember, you are just one of many on any social network. Post too much in a short period of time and you run the risk of alienating your so-called friends. This can happen on Facebook, but it's far more likely to occur on quick-to-post sites like Pinterest and Instagram.
For instance, you have a collection of band posters. Sure, they're works of art, but better to post them over a number of days than dump them on the site all at once. Why? Think of it from the user's point of view. She logs on via her iPhone and all she sees is an unending stream of your posts, not the variety she was expecting.
And be wary of linking your social media accounts. Your multiple tweets work on Twitter but may be annoying to people who get feeds from you through Facebook. And if they follow you in both places, the duplications will drive them nuts.
If you have a pet peeve about your friends and social media, we'd like to hear it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the TND Facebook page