Ah, the internet. It can be a wonderful place where people come together and unite over a common cause or it can be the stuff that nightmares are made of. I don't like being burned at the electronic stake any more than you do, so I made a short list of the top three things you might be doing online that people just don't do anymore.
Back in high school, we had a great message board that we used to keep track of all the local shows, bands, share information about cities or venues, and of course, troll each other. (Any PA kids remember Vocal Youth?) Anyway, today, we really don't use message boards all that often, and for good reason - we have Facebook groups, Linkedin groups, and well, most of us have grown up now and we really can't spend all day online burning each other. (Or can we?) The point is, any purpose we had for a message board was slowly replaced by actual social networks.
Messaging People that Follow Us
Okay, I know you're thinking - "Hey I do that all the time!"
But here's why you should rethink that if you don't know the person that just followed you or sent you a friend request:
If you must message someone to somehow thank them for following you, don't be weird about it. Take ten seconds to read about them in their bio and mention a common interest or ask them a question about something they're into. It's more personable and you don't come off like a weirdo.
I know, I know, you want to share every waking moment of your day with your friends because you live far away or you're on vacation or whatever, but here's the thing...don't. No one needs to know what you had for breakfast every day and some of us don't want to see your 50 million gym selfies. We love keeping up with you, but when you overshare like that, you become white noise, people unfollow you, or they just scroll by everything you post because they know it's a snoozefest. We love you, but seriously, we don't need the play-by-play of your day.
I'm sure there are MANY more things that you shouldn't be doing on social media anymore, so let me know what you really find intolerable on social media in the comments.
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