By now, it is fairly clear to anyone paying attention that Facebook has pretty much won the social networking war with total market dominance. Same is true for business looking to scale and acquire new users. Facebook is the new Google. Can it retain that status? Only time will tell. Meanwhile though, as we all spend more time on the platform than any of us are happy to admit, how about we make the experience a bit more pleasant and avoid these 8 annoying practices?

The link already generates the title, don't write it again.

I notice this too often and haven't seen anyone write about it, so it was time. If you share links on Facebook like the rest of us, surely you noticed that as soon as you paste the link, Facebook automatically generates the title and an image. You really do not need to copy and paste the title and share it again in your caption. If you do, the title appears twice. Either share the link with no comment, or add something of your own. Do not copy and paste the title again. It is already there. Posting it again is redundant at best.

Asking a question? We know you are crowd sourcing, no need to say it.

Not the end of the world, just a pet peeve and an unnecessary one. If you are on a social network and you are asking a question, by definition, you are crowd sourcing, no need to announce it. "Crowd sourcing! Which shirt do you like better?" Really unnecessary.

Ending your post with "Go!"? All I want to do is reply: "No!"

What is with people asking a question then ending their post with "And go!" Remind me again we all started working for you, and you have the right to give us all commands that we must follow? How about just ask your question and let people answer, instead of ordering people around? Honestly, when I see a post that ends with "Go!", the only place I go is to the next post on the feed, or maybe to the Unfriend button.

Stop being so cryptic, it isn't cute.

"That just isn't cool!" "This is deeply upsetting." "Horrible!" We have all seen those statuses on Facebook. You know, the one posted with the sole intention of getting you to ask about it. The worst part is when the person posts such a status, then when people ask, they reply "I would rather not talk about it." Wait, are you for real? Is there anything you would not do for attention? Either share the topic you are writing about or don't write the post at all.

Keep the reader in mind and format your posts.

You know that person who writes a 500-word Facebook post with no line breaks and paragraphs, but all in one huge block of text? How hard is it to hit "Enter" every few sentences? Reading those posts makes my eyes hurt so you know how I solve that problem? By not reading those posts.

Unfriend me now if...

These posts annoy me more than anything. "Unfriend me now if you don't agree with me on whatever." First of all, don't tell me what to do (see above with telling me to "Go!"). Secondly? You want me to unfriend you because we don't agree on politics? How about you do the honors and don't let the door hit you on your way out.

Don't comment "Following" on a post, just learn how to use the platform.

Again, not a huge deal, just a pet peeve. Someone posts something and the conversation in the comments begins. There is only that one guy who will post "Following", so they get notifications for every comment posted in the thread. How about you just use the feature enabling you to follow the post and get notifications? No need to disrupt the flow with your meaningless "Following" comment.

Don't ask me if you can share, just share.

I appreciate that you're trying to be polite, but you do realize that if I posted something publicly on a social network, that I am cool, even interested in you sharing it, right? No need to ask. 

Pay attention to the date of the content on which you are commenting.

Facebook has to do a better job of showing you when content is old. I know there is a date on each post, but when something appears in your feed, it is hard at first glance to know when it was posted. Having said that, if you are about to comment on a live video, check if it is still live or if it was posted three years ago. That should affect the content of your comment. Rule of thumb, make sure you have all the context before commenting on a post.

To sum up, use your head online just like you would offline. Be rational, try to avoid annoying others, and always think of the consequences of your actions when it comes to Facebook and the web, in general.

Published on: Jul 14, 2018