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9 Things You Should Stop Doing on Facebook

Updated on November 2, 2015
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Smith is a content writer in Orlando, Florida. She writes content for websites, blogs, and social media platforms.

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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.

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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.

Your Turn

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!

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    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      3 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Glad to meet you, Mel. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Twitter drives more traffic to my work thank Facebook does, but I spend more time there. I'm glad to hear that Facebook is more lucrative for you. We'll see how it works for me, now that I converted my profile to a business page. Again, thanks for stopping by!

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      I stay away from all of these no-nos except cross-posting, which I do from Twitter and Pinterest. In fact, Twitter and Pinterest seem to cross post automatically. I don't mind it, but I usually post to Twitter a little while after I post to Facebook. In fact, Twitter doesn't seem to fuel much traffic at all, so I actually look at the Twitter post as a second Facebook post. To me Facebook posts are much more lucrative than anything else. You are absolutely right that the key to success with Facebook is to provide good content. People don't mind your posts as long as your stuff is good. Great, concise tips!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      3 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thanks, frozenink. I'm glad you liked my hub! I recently converted my Facebook profile to a business page, so I no longer receive those annoying app and game requests. Unfortunately, my posts now have a shorter lifespan and reach (unless I'm willing to target my readers with paid ads). So there's definitely a trade-off when you migrate from a profile to a page.

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      frozenink 

      3 years ago

      These are all so true. I think the most frequent invitations I get are app or game requests. Fortunately, there is a "turn off notification" option. Otherwise it would have been really annoying. Great hub!

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      Annette R. Smith 

      3 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Glad to hear you're a good Facebook friend, Huntgoddess. Well done! My bibliographies contain some great reference sources, so please check them out.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      3 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Cory! I've been away from HubPages for a while (the move and all) so I just found your comment here. I hope my Facebook tips are helpful. I posted them for myself as much as anyone else. Always good to have reminders, you know!

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      Huntgoddess 

      3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I don't do any of these things that you mention. Very happy to be a "good" f'book friend.

      Thanks. And, I am really grateful for this bibliography that you include.

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      Cory Tsuhako 

      4 years ago

      Wonderful tips Annette. I'm trying to learn social media/facebook and will keep this advice in mind. Thanks for sharing of your expertise!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      You are WELCOME! Lol. On your thinking . . .

      YOU are one of THE BEST writers on HubPages.

      Your FRIEND,

      Kenneth

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Kenneth! And, yes, I also use caps on occasion -- especially when I want to emphasize a word and italics aren't a formatting option. Happy hubbing!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      I agree with you both,Mekenzie and Annettte.

      And notice, this comment is NOT in all caps.

      But if I were to want to emphasize something like:

      You both are GREAT writers, that would be permissible. Right?

      Because you are great writers.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Susan. Thank you for your comment and encouragement! I appreciate the "all caps" reminder, too. It's annoying to read posts that are typed in capital letters. But you're right; many people are unaware that this affects how people see them online. Again, thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Susan Ream 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Annette, Great information about Facebook and Social Media. I agree with these mistakes you list; Another mistake that some people make is to type their posts in all caps. I feel like they are yelling at me - but I also realize they don't know that it is perceived that way.

      I think this is a helpful list that many will learn from. It's admirable when one helps the community and you've done well here! Great Job!!

      Mekenzie

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      Dear Annette,

      You are welcome as you can be. It is the truth, what I told you. And it was great to meet you too. I hope you have the safest, happiest week you have ever had.

      Your Friend, Kenneth

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Kenneth. It's always good to meet a Christian brother or sister on HubPages. May your week be beautiful and blessed!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      Hi, Annette,

      It is MY pleasure to meet you on HubPages. I loved your hub and writing talent. Aww, you are so sweet to say that my comment made your day. I rather give God the glory and let my ego rest.

      Keep in touch with me.

      And best of everything to you.

      Kenneth/your friend for life.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Kenneth. It's a pleasure to meet you on HubPages. I'm glad you liked my post. Your thoughtful comment made my day. Thank you!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Annette,

      Bravo! Great read. Fascinating piece to just sit back and get lost in the great writing. I voted up and all of the choices for you deserved it.

      Loved the lay-out and use of the colorful graphics. I wish you my best on Hubs and in all of your writing pursuits.

      I cordially invite you to read one of my hubs and become one of my followers. I am going now to leave you some fan mail and so blessed to follow you.

      Your friend,

      Kenneth/from northwest Alabama

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      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Denise. Some of my most well-meaning friends do exactly this! I still visit their profiles from time to time, but I hide their daily posts from my Facebook feed. It may be time to declutter again!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Excellent advice! I often get annoyed with those who post every item that they find on the Internet that they happen to enjoy. Getting 10 or 15 of them in a row gets to be too much!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Rose. I appreciate the read and comment.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Well done! I agree with every single one of your suggestions. Great resource.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, Abby. I'm glad you liked the article!

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great advice, Annette! Thank you for sharing! :-)

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, MsDora. The things that give Facebook its functionality also make it easy to cross the line into spamming. Thank you for stopping by!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Maren. I've seen a lot more spamming on Facebook lately, sometimes by well-meaning friends, and I try my best not to contribute to the problem! I'm glad you liked the article.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I really thought that some of these things were okay to do; not that I do them. I am not on FB often enough. However, my friends do some of these things to me, and I just ignore what I do not like. Thank you for showing me the downside.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Excellent article for those who did not grow up before the days of social media or for those with little common sense. There does seem to be a lot a spamming - mass messaging - which, of course, advertisers encourage when one visits some quiz pages or product pages. We need to retain control over what we share and with whom. Thanks, Annette!

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