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Annoying Facebook Statuses That Might Get You Hidden or Unfriended
Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family members across the world. I’ve found many of my old friends and it’s great to see how they are and what they’ve been up to. But there is a downside to the social networking giant. Too many people share things that should be considered private or are otherwise annoying.
Are you guilty of any of these types of posts? Do you post these often? Statistics show that 84% of Facebook users are annoyed by friends’ postings. You might even have your posts hidden and you won’t even know it. I’ve had to "unsubscribe" from some of my “friends” because I got tired of seeing their drivel cluttering up my wall, or their profanity-laced rants. I wish more people would use the Lists feature to send these mundane or annoying updates to particular friends who want to see them.
Here are some statuses that might cause you to be hidden or unfriended:
1) Posting Your Every Move
While you might think it’s interesting that you’re getting ready to head to the grocery store, or you’re about to give little Johnny a bath, or you’re having your fourth cup of coffee of the day, no one else really cares. Everyone has lives of their own filled with everyday occurrences; they don’t want to read about all of yours. It’s a status update, not a diary.
2) Too Many Posts
Everything you post goes to all of your friends' walls unless you have them sorted into lists. Please don't make them scroll all the way down their page and then have to click on "more stories" to find something that they may want to read about from Cousin Susie. There is no need to fill up their walls with 20 posts a day. This isn't Twitter. Five or six posts a day, max. Anything more is too much, and in my book, gets you hidden. Even that might be too much if all they are are mundane activities, quotes, complaints, or overly religious posts. Instead of spending that time posting 20 times a day, go partake in a hobby.
TMI stands for "Too Much Information". There are some things that just should not be on Facebook . Ever. For example, anything that deals with bodily functions, private health matters, or alcohol consumption. It’s the same with relationship issues. If your boyfriend ticks you off, there is no need to tell everyone on Facebook about it. That's just disrespectful, and besides, no one wants to read your drama. Please keep it offline and between the two of you.
4) Vague Posts Looking for Attention
These are posts like “Ugh, I can’t believe it!” or “So excited!” or “I’m so tired of the crap!” Well, I’m so tired of their crap. I’m not taking the bait. All they want is attention and for their friends to ask them what’s wrong (or what's making them want to put a smiley face as their status). If you have something to say, just say it. If you don’t want to talk about it, leave it off Facebook.
5) Too Many Religious/Political Posts
Remember what Linus said? "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." The Great Pumpkin is fine, but the other two, no. If I wanted to be preached to, I'd go to church. There is a wide variety in religious beliefs and political views, please don't shove yours down everyone's throats. If it's something you wouldn't discuss at an office party, please leave it off Facebook.
6) Constant Game Requests
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. I don't want to play games on Facebook, so please stop asking me to join your Mafia, or give you seeds for your farm, or whatever the request is for. If I didn't accept your request the first two times, I never will.
7) "Mom" Posts
It gets annoying when every post is about something their child does, whether it's about their sleeping/eating/bathroom habits or something cute they did. We don't need to know everything they do (see #1, #2, and #3 above). Babies are known for keeping you up at night, pooping, spitting up, etc. It's nothing new. I'm sure when those kids are old enough to find those posts or embarrassing photos on the Internet, they won't be very happy with mom. Yes, I am a proud mother of a now teenage girl, but we like our privacy.
8) GetGlue/Spotify/Foursquare Updates
Honestly, I don't care what someone is watching or listening to, and I don't need to stalk you, so I don't care where you are... but maybe someone out there will be happy to know you're house is empty because your family is enjoying the day at Six Flags.
9) You Hate Your Job
It’s simple, if you keep complaining about your job on Facebook, you might find yourself without one pretty soon. Be happy you have one.
10) Oh, Woe is Me
These are more attention-seeking posts, but if you're always posting about how you're sad or down in the dumps or are feeling ignored, Facebook is not going to help you. Please go talk to your health professional.
I know a lot of people only want to share the good that's going on in their life and not the bad. But when someone hardly ever posts anything except to brag about something, it's annoying. Posts like, "I know I don't post very often, but check it out, I got the new (insert latest popular expensive high-tech gadget here)!" or "Getting ready to travel around the world!" as if everyone should be jealous of them or something. Get over yourself.
Not to mention, the whole vacation announcement thing is just unsafe. There is a rising trend of home robberies after people have posted their vacation plans. Just because you think you have your profile tightly secure, your friends might not. If you have your full name posted, or even your full birthday, and your city is listed, anyone can search a few records and find out your address. You might come home to find that new high-tech gadget and many other of your belongings stolen. The best idea is to wait until you get home to talk about your vacation and post your pics (and please don't post all of them. Just pick a few good ones to share. I doubt anyone really wants to look at 100 photos. I can't even look at 100 of anyone's vacation photos in the offline world without tuning out).
Are there anymore statuses that drive you insane? Please share them!