9 Things You Should Stop Doing on Facebook
Is your social media behavior annoying your Facebook friends?
Facebook is the largest online social network, with more than one billion active users. It's popularity makes it attractive to legitimate marketers as well as scammers who are trying to tap a viral market.
Are you tired of the behaviors that some marketers exhibit online? It may be time to examine your own social behaviors to see if you're making the same mistakes.
Here are nine things you should stop doing on Facebook if you want to keep your friends and prevent mass unfollows.
1. Stop Tagging Your Friends
Stop tagging your Facebook friends in embarrassing photos, videos, and status updates -- especially when your posts have nothing to do with them.
Spammers tag people in an effort to gain more likes, and your friends will probably unfriend you if you start doing this, too. Always ask for permission before you tag your friends in any of your Facebook posts.
2. Stop Asking for Likes
Stop sending mass invitations that ask your friends to like your new Facebook page.
Instead, post interesting content on your profile -- or announce your new page there and include a link. If your friends are interested, they will like your new page on their own.
3. Stop Liking Your Posts
Stop liking your own Facebook posts. It's redundant. Your friends already know that you like a link, video, or picture because you posted it.
Social media gurus often do this so their Facebook shares will show up again in the news feed. It's usually more about Edge Rank than vanity, but the repetition is annoying. Post interesting content, and the likes will follow naturally.
4. Stop Suggesting Friends
Stop suggesting new friends to your current Facebook friends. Spammers do this to trick people into sending them a friend request.
Did you know that Facebook could penalize you for sending too many friend requests? Your Facebook friends can find their own friends by using the friend suggestion tool.
5. Stop the App Requests
Stop sending app requests to your Facebook friends. Not everyone has time to play games all day. And those who want to join Klout have probably already signed up for the service.
Also, it's easy to forget who can access your data through app permissions you gave them. MyPermissions can help you manage your permissions for Facebook and other social networks.
6. Stop the Group Adds
Stop adding friends to Facebook groups without their knowledge. Most people are unaware that they belong to a group until they start receiving notifications for each and every post made by or for the group.
Always ask for permission before you add someone to a group. Better yet, send them information about the group and let them decide for themselves if they want to join it.
7. Stop the Event Invitations
Stop sending event invitations to people you hardly know or never met -- or for events that your Facebook friends would never attend. This practice will quickly peg you as a spammer and encourage your friends to unfriend you.
8. Stop the Mass Messages
Stop sending mass messages with all of your friends’ names attached. Such messages, on Facebook or any network, are inconsiderate. They are nothing more than spam.
9. Stop Cross Posting
Stop cross posting from Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networks. Many third party applications disregard Facebook etiquette.
Furthermore, automatic posts tend to lower social engagement on Facebook and other sites. It only takes a minute or two to create an original post, which is likely to receive a lot more interaction in the form of likes, shares, and comments.
What mistakes do YOU make on Facebook? Share your answer in the comments below. And if you liked this post, use those nifty buttons on the left to share it with your social networks. Thank you!
- Buck, Stephanie. (August 14, 2012). "20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook." Mashable. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- Rajgopaul, Lenin. (November 29, 2013) "Annoying Facebook Habits." Digital Leap. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- Zeevi, Daniel. (March 18, 2013) "11 Things You Need to Immediately Stop Doing on Facebook." Social Media Today. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
© 2014 Annette R. Smith
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