In 2004, I picked up a funny little book called Don’t You Just Hate That by Scott Cohen. The book listed things that annoy many of us, such as “accidentally setting your alarm clock for p.m. instead of a.m.” or “finding an old to-do list, most of which remains undone.”
Below is a list of social media annoyances that I’ve experienced, inspired by Mr. Cohen’s book. Maybe you can relate to some or all.
- When someone with half the number of followers you have sends a tweet identical to the one you sent three days ago. And she gets 15 retweets while you just got 2.
- When you open Facebook to see a huge number of notifications and expect most to be responses to brilliant content you posted to your clients’ Facebook feeds. But they turn out to mostly be game invitations from tangential friends.
- When a person or organization whose Instagram posts are compelling unleashes 10 pics in a row. You don’t want to unfollow, but you also don’t want to get bombarded.
- When you miss a great play in a baseball, football, hockey, etc. game because you were tweeting about the previous play.
- When notification pings wake you from a sound sleep.
- When you post a tweet to the wrong account on your mobile Hootsuite.
- When you see a famous person listed as a trending topic on Twitter and you immediately presume the person died.
- When a foodie or a restaurant posts a pic to any social channel and, while the food looks good, you have no idea what it is.
- When a Tweet promises content you’re anxious to see and the link doesn’t work.
- When an Instagrammer posts a novel length description beneath his/her photo.
- When you see interesting tweets with a certain hashtag but, even after researching, can’t determine what the hashtag means.
- When your Facebook timeline is filled with political content. Does anyone truly believe that by posting her/his political likes and dislikes she/he will change someone’s mind? (Can’t wait till next year!)