As a cranky mammy who got no sleep last night I might say this post should come with the warning, it is a bit cranky.
I know what you’re thinking already, you’re thinking, in a sea of annoying things about social media, and I’m concentrating on facebook here, she chose only five!
Well these are just my own personal favourites I’m sure you’ll have your own. The thing is I spend more time on facebook than I’d like for two reasons.
Reason the first. Facebook is the number one referral site for new people to the blog so that’s good and warrants an input on my part.
Reason the second. I work hard on my facebook page. I like to keep it looking sharp. I’m not posting a lot of original stuff outside my blog posts so to make up for that I try not to post things that are popping up everywhere. I like to have something different plus a good balance of articles, quotes, images and more. I love maintaining my page but it does mean I see a lot, really a LOT of things I’d rather never see.
Here we go…
- The modern day chain letter. ‘Most people will not put this on their page for even one hour will you?’ ‘Share this now and your health will improve or your wish will come true’. Hey whatever you’re into. It’s not for me
- The sick child posts. Usually involves a photo of a seriously ill child, often graphic and upsetting imagery, usually in a hospital bed with a caption like ‘Don’t turn away, show you care, like & share.‘ Or it may suggest your ‘like’ and ‘share’ will raise funds or say ‘how many likes for this great dad/nurse kissing child with cancer.‘ These photos have most likely been stolen and are doing the rounds without family consent. Even worse is some of the children have already died. Think about it, if your child was seriously ill in hospital would you share their photo around for likes and shares on facebook? You might like to follow ‘facecrooks’ on facebook for more guidelines or read about their ‘sick child hoax posts’ by clicking here.
- The Anti Women Posts. Everyday on facebook there’s a near constant stream of… ‘Ten photos of other women to make you feel better about yourself’ Uh, really? Then there’s all those posts about ‘real women’ that imply you need to be a certain size to qualify. Shaming goes both ways you know. On the one hand there is so much brilliant work being done around the world in the name of equal rights that is so vital and so awe inspiring. It makes you feel that things are really changing and then all this crap pops up and it is just so shallow. Much more shallow in my opinion than what the marketers are doing because it’s coming from women.
- Getting Personal The rules should be no commenting without reading and no abusing or attacking other people for their views, by all means respectfully disagree but name calling is nasty and getting personal is very uncool. It’s just another form of bullying.
5. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction. There’s something lacking in fb that’s hard to quantify. Fb stops just shy of being stimulating. It allows you to share but there’s still something missing. If you blog or have other creative outlets you might be appeased if you don’t it’s harder. I think it’s the lack of required or even of potential creativity, if that makes sense. I’ve long thought it would be cool if on fb people had more opportunity to really express their interests and individuality. Let’s just say there’s a ‘want’ that’s tangible or is that just me?
So what about you? What drives you crazy on fb and other social media? This year I’ve cut back my social media by turning off notifications and working to more stringent time slots (trying to)
Chat soon, Jane.