11 Things You Need to Immediately Stop Doing on Facebook

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  • I couldn’t have said it better myself, thank you!
    I didn’t see a share button or I would have put it on my page and been oh so tempted to like it! You have my permission to share it on my page and I will personally see to it that it gets posted on my timeline.

    I love it when people tell the truth, good job sir.

  • #12 Don’t make up ridiculous job titles to make you sound smart. “Social Media” Evangelists, Doctors, Experts, Engineers, and (ahem) Scientists… they may sound ok to the title holders… but they really sound more like this:

    “Please hire me because I know how to use Facebook and Twitter, and you old people don’t”

  • Daniel, I don’t understand the second one. I publish my ‘best’ content on Twitter, and most of my friends don’t use Twitter. I usually like to share my new thougts with my friends, so I have a facebook plugin to automatically do so. (efectively, I’m not really engaged on Facebook). Where is my fault? PS: I hate people who change his facebook status frecuently, that is not an option. Thank you in advance.

  • Superb Daniel – thank-you for putting all of these in one place. You’re responsible for a big fat smile on my face. Interesting, don’t you think, that social platforms have been largely responsible for encouraging so much of what I consider to be socially inept behaviour by otherwise normal and intelligent people! It’s as if the moment we’ve created a profile on Facebook we take on a new persona – I just know most people would not behave as they do on their social profiles if they were actually in the same room as their “friends”, “fans” and “followers” – great post :)

  • Nice! Totally agree with these, and since you asked I’ll add a couple for brands. This falls under number 8, but specifically there is nothing worse than a brand that posts a ton of memes – does that really represent your brand and what you do? So lazy – create or at least share some real content. Also just flat out overposting in general to try to keep your reach up is really bad. It ultimately has the reverse effect. “I promise you whatever you’re trying to sell or market will have a much better chance if you come up with some honest hard-working tactics like creating or curating interesting and relevant content as opposed to relative social media douchebaggery.” is one of the better lines I’ve seen written on this topic. Douchebaggery may be my new favorite word. Well done.

    • On social sites, but also on the Web at large, why do such “debauchers” imagine that by using Bait-‘n’-Switch, intrusion, pop-ups, spam, and trickery think these things make them titans of industry? Yes, getting people to your site is vital, if you’re selling something; but chaining them, throwing them into the back of your ’82 Fairlane, and shoveling them through the door (so to speak) might not be the best way. You get me to your commercial site by trickery, and you don’t have a buyer; you have one uncharacteristically pissed-off Web veteran from whom you’ve just stolen time and serenity. Do I wanna buy?
      #@&%, no!

  • I Agree, I am new to Internet Marketing, I do use face book and Twitter but I usually don’t blow up my timeline with link after link, I do However need the business to grow so social Networking will work, I hope. If you have any suggestions please contact me. Thank You, Carl Brim

  • Great article! ‘Liking’ own posts drives me insane and seems to be one thing that a lot of clients struggle with, even when advised not to do it and why not to do it!

    I think many problems stem from the fact that the way you use Facebook as a business is different to the way you use it as an individual, yet inexperienced people are using those same methods which just makes them look unprofessional.

    Thanks for an entertaining read!

  • social media scientist?!? …pffft! you should include something about this bs* too, don’t you think?

  • It creeps me out when people post pictures of their kids. Seems they’re leaving themselves open for pedophiles, rapists, or kidnappers. I’m childless, so I understand if you put up 1 or 2 pictures if your kid wins a dance competition or graduates college, but the people who download 100 new pictures per day – is that really necessary? I’ve unfriended people for being too “kid crazy.”

    • I look at it this way – these people aren’t getting their kids’ permission, and neither is Facebook. They should not be posting pics of their kids online. In fact, I don’t think you should post any pic of anyone on Facebook unless that person is actually on Facebook themselves and is old enough to understand the pitfalls of online profiles. As for the kids, if people want others to have a pic of their kid, postal mail a photo to that person. That’s what our friend does. I posted pics of my parents before and then thought, “I shouldn’t do that. I don’t have their permission.” I deleted my account altogether.

  • My personal best is when people ‘like’ the pictures they put up of themselves.
    Oh, and facebraggers who do nothing but talk about all the exercise they do and healthy food they eat.

  • Oh my goodness, this story made me giggle. What annoys me is, when people post very personal situations and expect others to feel sorry for them. Then they get angry when they’re abused.

  • I agree when people automatically join you to groups on Facebook! My ultimate pet peeve. I never asked to join but you go around and put me on. I don’t care if it is family related or not, you can ask me.

  • Thank you for this article. Not only is it 11 pieces of good advice, you did it with humor which made it near perfect. I get so fed up with all those little saying that, although I like most of them, take most of my time scrolling through to try to find live messages. I wish everyone was limited to one (or two)per week ad the rest of what they send is from THEM.

  • And in an excellent related article, “25 Signs You’re a Social Media Toolbag,” Refer #19: “(You) blatantly copy others original content and even have the guts to have it syndicated on other sites…”
    So great article, love all the graphics you “borrowed” from The Oatmeal, sir.

    • Oatmeal is cited at the bottom of the article. I would assume, unless I see evidence otherwise, that the writer used the comics with permission. Might’ve been wise to state that somewhere in a caption, however.

  • “You wouldn’t do this in the real world” is amazing. I feel I need to send a LOT of small business owners to this page. The only thing I didn’t see was “Registering your business as a person” those ones are great

  • “Douchbag” is highly offensive to many women, implying that females are “unclean.” Other than the use of that term, the article was hilarious.

    • Really? I’ve never met a woman who said she viewed it that way – the only people I know who’d be offended by it dislike foul language in general, or are pushily PC to the point of being offensive themselves. Actually met one person who objects to the word “kid” as a kid is a baby goat, and somehow this stops children and goats from attaining suffrage or equal pay or something; most people I mention that to find the person objecting far more objectionable than the term itself. I’m a woman and a lifelong feminist (though not of the radical-nutbag Mary Daly variety who seemed to hijack EVERY class in university, no matter what the subject, and whether the professor was male or female) and my friends of both genders, who have gone to bat for women’s rights on everything from advertising images to abortion, use that term VERY often – to describe rude/unkind people, NOT unclean ones. If anything, the ACTUAL EXISTENCE of douches is far more offensive than the slang term – real douches are bad for women and have only been marketed under the assumption that women are dirty. Having said that, actual douchebags are gross in the way used condoms are gross; this does not, however, imply that the body parts these – errr, sleeves are intended for are unclean (though, like all body parts, they do require regular cleaning). As a slang term, “douche(bag)” is simply an insult. Calling someone a “dick(hole)” “prick” “tool” (implying that the male member is a bad thing), or “as ugly as a bag of foreskins” (huge put-down where I come from), while not very PC because most put-downs aren’t, has never been taken as sexist. All due respect, but many of us feel we should be focusing our feminism on real issues.

      P.S. Excellent article, but am mystified by the “suggesting friends” point – have never heard of the phenomenon you mention and don’t really know any one who’s been a victim of it – is it business community thing? Have never had anyone suggest a friend that wasn’t a mutual friend of both of ours from way back; it’s most common when people are just joining FB and don’t know who’s on there. Besides, if you don’t know the person, you don’t accept their friend request. Simple. Oh, and the blog thing is less a FB thing than a blog thing.

  • well, not ‘exactly’ an original contribution. Doubtful that The Oatmeal gave you permission to use those images. The little attribution at the very end doesn’t really do justice, nor does it likely cover the copyright on the images. Sounds like most of the readers here have never been to http://theoatmeal.com. Kind of disappointing coming from a “social media scientist.”

  • Daneil, I’m reading this article 3rd time, and today I decided to leave my comments :) I don’t think after reading your entire article, someone will do these things, but you know 99% small business owners (so called business owners) on Facebook (social media) read/watch stupid marketing videos, purchased their products and they start doing, what you already illustrated to stop them.

  • I don’t know why I read this, I don’t have a lobotomy – sorry, I mean Facebook account, but it made larf so it was not all bad. But after I laughed I felt sad. Sad that this is what people waste their time on. Don’t get me wrong, I had a FB account loooong ago when it was optional. But it was the compulsory lobotomising that made me cancel. Oh well. Good luck world.

  • It is the old adage Daniel, if you are desperate for your likes and followers, you certainly come across as sounding desperate. Its like that in sales too btw. If you are desperate, people end up getting annoyed with you. You get nowhere. Same applies to social media. Regarding the liking your own posts, I am going to go with the “Social Media Guru” excuse. Good read, thank you for sharing. I especially liked the illustrations.

  • I will show this article to y son. I can hear hi ranting at you! “..You have listed all the things that made my days on Facebook so worthwhile. Not fair.You have snitched on all those activities me and my 999,000,047 cohorts did daily. Now what am I going to do all day? Go get a life? Where from? How do I know when I have found the life I need? Do they sell them at Wal Mart or Macy’s? Can I use dad’s credit card?…….etc etc”

    Thanks you from the bottom of my very empty bank account.

    A Happier Father

  • This article made my day… I swear! Point 4 with that “i sold my kids to slavery” made me laugh for 5 minutes and I almost could not breath.
    You are totally right, on everything.

  • Great article, also is annoying those who says: Like if your mom is the best, Like if you love your children, or a picture of a disabled person doing something extraordinary and says: Like if you are proud of him, a picture of Jesus Christ saying like if you love him and share if you think he loves you; and a long list of things you “obviously like” Is disgusting

  • Nice to see so many things which I never thought of as something not be do done on facebook. You have given a very good insight through humor. I often find that people are inviting me to some app or a game. Once in a while it is ok but time and again, even after not accepting it, if they keep sending the same request then that is quite annoying.

    Tagging is one more thing which I do not like. Why should someone tag me in some of their friends photos and worse still, in some non-people photos. I mean, I understand that they want the notification to go to everyone in their friends’ list but that is quite useless.


  • WOW. this is great. it’s really very annoying seeing someone liking his/her post on FB. thank you, but i need to share this on my FB so people i know will learn the right FB manners. more power.

  • Noteworthy points. I must say some of the things here have been shared earlier as Facebook etiquettes, but the way you presented them and with the use of infographics it has become so much better. Commendable.

  • Brilliant article! In today’s fast living time through instant communications via internet/mobile phones and the growing painful competitiveness how to prove how ‘likeable’ one seems to be, it is refreshing to read this and remind ourselves, that without the internet and it’s various mediums, we would never say or do things in person to our fellow friends,mates,colleagues or employers the way some absentmindedly do this online.

    It is as if common sense seems to be wiped out more and more without thinking a smidge ahead of any consequences or how it may make others feel about you.
    Thank you for putting this together in a really fun and interesting way to read!

  • I think many followers of FB are guilty of these, at least one or two. I’m also a “victim” of some invitations to play games which I was reluctant to do. And it became “perpetual invitations. I delivered a “perpetual denial”. Would you mind your article be a content of my timeline? This will serve as
    Guidelines for all who are tempted “to do if they have nothing to do” for the day.

    In addition, “If you have nothing to do, don’t do it here!”

    I like this!

  • Great information! I have to agree that these “poke” things are extremely annoying and should be removed from Facebook because I always feel really uncomfortable when someone does this to me and I hate it.
    I’m going to have to work on a few things such as not clicking the “like” button on my friend’s pages(I had a friend who asked me to please stop)so I did but I have to remind myself not to do it.
    I don’t like app requests either because I would like to play the games I want not what others like.

  • I’m betting most, if not all, of the readers and comments given are from people over 25, possibly 30. At least 7 of those 11 are water off a duck’s back to however many under 25s still use Facebook. There have been several articles about how liking posts influences the kind of adverts to be targeted at you and draws attention to your own post by the same process.
    The attitudes towards the internet are different for those who don’t remember there not being an internet. Most people that complain about automatic changes, password changes, forced cookies, etc etc are people who remember the internet when it was all about ‘me’.

  • Good for you. However, I really have a problem with the news feed reverting to the top (latest added news) whilst I am still busy reading an entry! So
    frustrating – considering cancelling my facebook registration because I can’t read at leisure?! PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I WOULD LOVE TO READ ALL THE NEWS ARTICLES AND ALL THE INTERESTING INFO ON THIS FEED!

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