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10 social networking blunders


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10 social networking blunders

  1. 1. N WORKI G BLU ND ET N ER L IA S 10 SOC 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...
  2. 2. 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 friend. WRITE ON A WALL INSTEAD OF COMMUNICATING PRIVATELY 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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!
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