WORKI G BLU
Social networking sites
are here to stay. They are
among the most popular
destinations on the web.
And even though they can
be extremely annoying at
times, there is one
inescapable fact: there is a
100 million-strong army of
people who use the most popular
of these sites.
However, sitting in your room in front of your laptop, being connected
to so many people, it’s easy to forget that whatever you say is out
there, and will stay out there to be read by people, for a long time.
Think about it.
When did you last see someone posting an embarrassing picture, or
someone else saying something irritating in their status update? It
could be you, the next time. Don’t become that person...
ADD OLD FRIENDS AND THEN FORGET ABOUT THEM
This is the biggest social networking crime of them all. How many
times has it happened? You haven’t seen someone for 20 years;
you vaguely recognise their name but not their face. They add you
as a friend and then after you accept them, you never hear from
them again. If this was how you were going to treat them, why
bother in the first place?
ADDING PEOPLE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW
Adding strangers is like that annoying chap at a party who slaps
everyone on the back as if they were old pals, when in actual fact
he has no friends, largely because of this habit.
UPDATE YOUR STATUS WHEN YOU'RE ON SICK LEAVE
How many times have we seen it? Someone calls in sick in the
morning and then updates their status minute-by-minute,
documenting a day of ice cream, pizza and video games. Get
dressed and get to work you lazy hoodwink, or else you’ll probably
be fired. And it’ll be your own fault for adding your boss to be your
WRITE ON A WALL INSTEAD OF
The driving force behind the success of the most successful social
networking site out there is... vanity. People love the idea that
others are watching what they’re doing. Tell me this: for what
reason would you invite someone to a private party by writing on
their wall, other than to show off to all the people on their friends
list who you don’t want to come? It just makes you look like an
ass, so don’t do it.
MOAN IN YOUR STATUS UPDATE
The most annoying thing that people do on these sites is to
spray their walls with vanity-filled drivel, by posting self-
indulgent awfulness in their status updates.
JOINING RIDICULOUS CHAIN-MAIL GROUPS
Why do people insist on joining groups such as ‘You cannot
fathom the immensity of the f**k I do not give’? Come on
people, how stupid are you? There’s one group on a social
networking website devoted to nullifying the vegetarian moral
crusade, and it’s called: ‘For every animal you don’t eat, I’m
going to eat three’. That’s a good group name. ‘I think Justin
Bieber is the best singer ever’ is not.
LAZY GRAMMAR AND SPELLING 'MISTRAKES'
Sometimes, reading a bunch of status messages is like
perusing a six-year olds’ English Language exercise book.
Come on, people: 'Your' is 'your'. 'You are' is 'you're'. It really
isn't hard to get that little one right. And understanding the
difference between there, their and they're surely isn't too much
of a challenge?
UPLOAD PHOTOS AND DELETING ORIGINALS
Uploading photos can be a very handy way of sharing your
holiday snaps. But for the love of God, don’t lose your originals.
Social networking websites are terrible at compressing and resizing images -- it turns your 14MB panoramas into
14KB monstrosities. These are not suitable repositories to store your precious photos!