Social media has become a great part of  many of our lives. With all good things there are plenty of bad habits that can for; thus making the online experience a big pain. From aggressive “ webmarketers”  to stalkers to rudeness. Here are some of the biggest social network No NO’s you should not be doing. That last sentence was one of them:

I) Party Promotion OVERDRIVE: Promoters set up groups on Facebook, invite you without your consent and blow up your inbox with reminders about some  party at some hole in the wall club.

II) Negativity: There are some nasty, lonely people on the internet who have nothing better to do than to post blogs or  Twitter for no reason other than to get some attention.  Just ignore the child and when they see that no one is gonna engage their negative comments about ‘racist, sexist or other inflammatory thought  ’, he’ll go away.

III) Facebook Poking: Really if you are still doing this, you should not be on Facebook. It’s childish. Stop it.

IV) Facebook for relationships: Facebook is not eHarmony although I do know first hand of someone that has used it as if it were a; who knew some women could be so foul.   It’s one thing to look up someone  in your real life social networks but it’s another to search people’s friends lists looking for hook ups. My friend told me it is incredibly repugnant to get friend request from a complete stranger that includes the words “Hey, pretty lady. Are you single?”  Then again there are some I am sure that line works on, they’re called hoes. Just an FYI.  Cut it out.

V) Tron Want to be: Dear Bot makers, we know how to find internet porn. Thanks though.  Stop clogging up my twitter feeds and sending me random emails via LinkedIn.

VI) Using your tech friends as a personal Google: “Hey Rubens how do I (insert any tech question here)?” If I had $1 for every time I hear get a text, Aim, FB, Twitter DM for a simple question that could have been answered faster through google than the time it took to send me the message I would be very well off. Don’t get me wrong, I love to help my friends and anyone really that has a tech question. If its something like how do I set up my iPad to talk to me?  How do I use Dropbox most effectively. I am glad to help. How do I use Google Docs is not a tutorial I want to do over text or at all. When people ask you such questions use  “Let Me Google That For You

VII) Preaching: I’m glad you found Jesus, I really am. I however do not need to be preached about it daily. I could follow someone on Twitter for that. If I said I was looking spiritual guidance then by all means speak on it. Let the online sermon commence. What? No they didn’t ask? Then keep it on your own Facebook page.

VIII) Spelling: Everyone that knows me personally just collectively had the same thought “You’re one to speak.” Writing happens to be one of my strong suits but spelling is not one them. It’s a twisted game the gods have chosen played on me.  The occasional misspelling is one thing, but when I need a translator to read your English that is a problem. Your online presence is made is all based on what you write so be careful what you say and how. Also for the love of God spell check people!

By Rubens Saintel

Proud father, #Haitian, photographer, consultant, writer & entrepreneur. I love video games, movies, plays, technology (surprise), beta testing apps and all things sci-fi. | |