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Despite its many flaws How Secure Is Facebook, Really? A Roundup Of Breaches & Flaws How Secure Is Facebook, Really? A Roundup Of Breaches & Flaws Facebook, a website which is less than a decade old, now has over a billion users. Those users share a lot of information about their lives. Where they live, who they associate with, what they... Read More Facebook is still an essential website 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More for most people. Everybody uses it in different ways, but Facebook’s raison d’etre (reason for existence) is for friends and family to keep in touch with each other online. And it manages this exquisitely.

Unfortunately, Facebook has no power over who you choose to befriend on the site, or what those friends post on their wall. I say “unfortunately” because a lot of people post nonsense on Facebook. Nonsense that really should get them unfriended, by you, immediately. Do your friends do these things? It might be time.

Like This Or The Puppy Gets It

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However, it’s open to abuse, with people openly asking for Likes for statuses, pages, or even sweeping statements they assume everyone on their friends’ list will agree with. Don’t be taken in by this, and don’t click the Like button just because someone asked you to do so. Just unfriend them instead.

Annoying Automaton

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I like reading intelligent and well thought out status updates from my friends on Facebook. These can often spark lengthy and informative conversations that I, they, and a host of other people get involved in. Unfortunately, not everyone seems capable of writing a few sentences out for themselves.

Their Facebook feed instead consists of nothing but automated status updates. Perhaps telling the world the location they’re currently in, what games they have just played, songs they have just listened to, or TV shows they have just watched. I don’t care about that stuff, Mr. Roboto, so why are you telling me?!

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

Ignorance is never good, but it’s somehow even more galling than usual when it’s the main thrust of a Facebook status update. If someone posts something on Facebook then they should ensure they know what they’re talking about before they do so. Otherwise their ignorance will be discovered and ridiculed. By me, or pedants like me.

Having a strong opinion about something is what social networks are all about, but basing that opinion on one version of events or a biased source, especially when you’re hurting half the people on your friends list with it, is only going to rile people up and lead to an unpleasant unfriending. Unless, of course, everyone else on your friends’ list is ignorant too. In which case, keep on keeping on.

This Is Real, I Swear

The Web is an amazing resource for news 7 Websites To Watch The News Online 7 Websites To Watch The News Online Read More , whether it’s short updates on breaking stories or in-depth reporting on serious issues. Unfortunately not every piece of news you see online is legitimate, either because it originated on one of the many spoof news websites Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites Keeping up with the news of the day, whether it be local, national, or international, is important. It's never good to bury your head in the sand, unaware of what is happening around you. However,... Read More or because it’s someone’s idea of a joke.

The vast majority of us (I’m sure) make sure to check the validity of a news story before spreading it around social networks. But that minority that remains seems more than willing to post any old rubbish to Facebook, whether it has any basis in fact or not. Which isn’t good for the reputation of the Internet as a source for real news.

Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home

Flouncing has been around as long as the Internet has, with chatrooms and forums being the early tools in the flouncer’s arsenal. Now, it’s Facebook, with attention seekers the world over able to make a dramatic exit only to return a few hours (or at most, days) later.

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I Rant So You Don’t Have To

Enjoying the occasional rant in life isn’t all that bad, especially if it’s a focused rant about something you’re interested in. But ranting all day every day, and on Facebook in particular, is behavior not becoming of an adult, no matter how immature that adult may be.

When every status update is a rant then that person has lost all sense of reality and is just pumping bile out into the ether. And who is on the receiving end of that stream of vitriol? Why, friends and family of course. Unfriend this ranter and don’t feel guilty about it for even a second.

Have Camera, Will Use It

Many people like taking photos, considering themselves to be competent amateurs. The emergence of smartphones has aided this revolution, as everyone with a smartphone now also has a capable camera in their pockets just begging to be used Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Smartphone and mobile photography are becoming increasingly popular. And no wonder. Every year, mobile and smartphone cameras get better and better, until many people don’t feel the need to carry real cameras around anymore. While... Read More . But that doesn’t mean it should be used. For everything. All of the time.

It also doesn’t mean those photos, and I mean each and every one of them, should be posted online. Parents who post endless photos of their genetic offspring, foodies who post endless photos of the meals that will end up looking a lot less appetizing after digestion, vain nobodies who post endless selfies complete with duck face expressions. Enough already.

Conclusions

These seven archetypes don’t deserve your friendship, at least on Facebook. In real life they may be the most genuine people on the planet, but they then head online and turn into idiots. Idiots that should form part of any frenzy of unfriending you embark upon.

I suspect you’ll recognize at least a few of these people from your own Facebook friends’ list. If so, are you annoyed by the way they act or do you refuse to let them get to you? Is there any other annoying behavior on Facebook you think deserves an unfriending? Vaguebooking What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking? What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking? You may not have heard of the term Vaguebooking, but I can guarantee you will have seen at least one example of it in action. Certainly if you're active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any... Read More is a given, and I’ve previously covered annoying Facebook updates guaranteed to annoy 5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion] 5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion] Facebook is, by all accounts, closing in on 1 billion users. That's an awful lot of people maintaining a profile on the site, and telling their family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who will listen,... Read More , but there surely must be others to out. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Jay I
    November 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Very nice article and pointers Dave - although, i must say that majority of people who use facebook can be classified into one of these 7 categories - mainly because either they do not have time to write something creative - or they see someone else do the same thing and get lots of likes and comments. That said, I agree with some of the comments here that talk about disabling the unwanted feeds - that saves having to get worried about tons of messages by people who you try to unfriend.

  2. lonely guy
    November 8, 2013 at 4:19 am

    hey guys i am a lonely loser seeking attention.. can we all be friends?

  3. wow
    November 2, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Oh the irony! You're complaining about people being annoying and ranting, and here you are trying to be special and ranting about people you don't like, but somewhat relating it to facebook. Simply brilliant.

  4. Mom of Gamers
    October 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    My pet peeve is people using their FB news feed to sell stuff from their multi-level marketing business. If you want to advertise, I'm sure FB would love to sell you ad space!

  5. Nala D
    October 28, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I used to think of what I should post in Facebook everyday, but now I work. I barely have time to check or post on my Facebook account! I realized I could live without it, so now I only use it to check some important updates from people and groups I care about. The rest I put them on a separate list for future contact or business purposes. Why unfriend them? Unless they're really annoying...

  6. Joan Aronowitz
    October 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Thank you. I generally blame myself for finding Facebook boring and annoying.

  7. Claire C
    October 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    My reactions to these transgressions are entirely different.

    "Like this" - First, there is nothing wrong with simply asking someone to like a page. Usually there is a reason - it's a newly launched page, and they need a certain number of "likes" to reach a FB administrative status, or it's a contest of some sort. "Begging" is tiresome, and happily, I rarely see it. Using threats, though, (which you mention in the title but not in your text) totally crosses the line. Using threats, to me, includes chain letters that end saying you will have bad luck if you don't pass it along.

    Automated posts? Learn to use your facebook settings! You can filter them. And/or -- most of the people have no idea these posts are being made. If it's your Aunt Martha posting that she's planted a new field in Farmville, walk her through how to change HER settings so the app no longer has permission to post on her behalf. She'll be grateful.

    Ignorance (by which you seem to mean bigotry, not ignorance) - OK, I'll agree on that one.

    "This is real" - teach them about Snopes, and about checking your sources. This is probably Aunt Martha again, who hasn't realized that the era of "if it's in print, it's true" has passed. Or someone who should know better but has a critical thinking deficiency. Be patient with their afflicttion. Educate them.

    "Screw you guys" and "I rant" - what are the issues here? If it really is just grandstanding, OK, unfriend them, just as you would avoid any unpleasant person. But (assuming this really is a friend of some sort, not just a FB "friend") what's going on? Are they being bullied or abused? Stressed to the point of a breakdown? Suicidal? Maybe a real phone call is called for. It may be a call for attention, but it might also be a call for help.

    "Have Camera" - can be tiresome, but I can't see unfriending someone over it. You have a scroll button, folks.

    It's easy to be snarky and play "ain't it awful" about what others do, but few people are deliberately trying to annoy you. Yes - unfriend those who are, or whom you just can't stand (why are you friends in the first place?) but a bit of honest communication may well be a better reaction than unfriending them.

  8. Juniper
    October 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Those links... links and more links to some articles, news or videos: I've got no time for them!
    If there were at least some text of their OWN opinions, it may be better to discuss about them. But not just "look what I've find" could make me interested.

  9. Nigel Joy
    October 27, 2013 at 3:21 am

    You missed those kind of stupid people who share stuffs like "facebook donates 1$ for every like/share"...

    Facebook is no different than real world, that's what I learned.

  10. Daniel
    October 27, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I just got my master's degree, and well most of my friends and family sent their well-thought best wishes, a cousin sent me a picture of his wife giving me a "thumbs up", and then asked me to comment on said picture... (Unfortunately, he's family)

  11. dragonmouth
    October 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    If people did not "friend" everybody and anybody, there would be no, or very little, need to "unfriend". I think MUO should do a poll on "How many FB friends do you have?" The results would be eye-opening and enlightening.

    Facebook has warped, debased and trivialized the meaning of "friend".

  12. Diaspora
    October 26, 2013 at 3:44 am

    "If someone posts something on Facebook then they should insure they know what they’re talking about before they do so. Otherwise their ignorance will be discovered and ridiculed."

    You mean "ensure".

    • Geoffrey R
      October 28, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Being a pedant also, I,m glad someone else picked this up!

  13. John G
    October 26, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Politics. Politics. Politics. Politics. Politics! I have my political views. You have yours.

    Assuming I share your views is the ultimate in arrogance. It's even worse when the topic about which you're ranting falls into the "less than accurate" category and you didn't take 30 seconds to verify your "facts" before venting at me.

  14. george K.
    October 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Well,that just about covers everything.I guess i have nothing to say and i'm just a bore.What do you suggest one put on FB ?

  15. alonewillow
    October 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    What is irritating is that a lot of you complain about FB, but there you are, using it. If you don't like keeping in touch with people, just don't use it. I, on the other hand, find people's stupidity entertaining and often LOL at them. FB tends to bring out some interesting qualities in friends and families. Why be such a snob and unfriend everybody over petty things?

  16. Frank Instyne
    October 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Does anyone really like a generalizer-in-chief ?

  17. Oladunjoye Ojomo
    October 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Those who flount their religiosity make me seek.

  18. Dar
    October 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    "Despite its many flaws Facebook is still an essential website for most people."
    Facebook is not an essential website for anyone, period. It certainly is a convenient option to have friends and family all listed together but to say it's essential is a stretch. Everyone I know has email/cellphones/landlines or other social networks or their own blogs/websites.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Well, 1.2 billion people now use Facebook, many on a daily basis. So I'd argue that it's about as essential as a website ever could be.

    • John G
      October 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

      I check my fb page once or twice a week. For me it's not essential. But for just about everyone I know it would be easier to give up air than to go more than a couple of hours without checking fb.

    • dragonmouth
      October 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      "Well, 1.2 billion people now use Facebook, many on a daily basis. So I’d argue that it’s about as essential as a website ever could be."

      Essential in the sense of alcohol being "essential" to an alcoholic and cigarettes being "essential" to a nicotine addict. It gives FB addicts their 15 seconds of fame.

  19. jay
    October 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I guess it was a typo "Pedant" was the word, not pundit.

  20. Bud
    October 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    What IS wrong with FB is that it has sunk down to THE lowest common denominator ! What some less educated may think is newsworthy is garbage for more educated individuals who are too busy with more important stuff in life. Personnally, FB IS the webs garbage dump !

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Well, you only see the updates from people you're friends with or follow, or the brands and companies you like, so that's just another reason to have a timely cull before replacing those lost with new people!

  21. jay
    October 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I guess it was a typo "Pedant" was the word, not pundit.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      It wasn't even a typo! I guess the guy has just never heard of the word before so assumed it was a mistake. Ironic.

  22. Mitchell Kerry C.
    October 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for what you said. I can't stand those who post junk I just don't want to see. What I really hate are those who seem to post the same thing up to five times. Ugh.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Because if you didn't respond the first time it clearly deserves to be posted again, and again. And again. Until you do respond.

  23. Mikey A
    October 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    There was a study done on this using German university students, worth a look:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/22/business/la-fi-tn-facebook-envy-20130122

    Here's the actual paper (in English)

    http://warhol.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/~hkrasnova/Ongoing_Research_files/WI%202013%20Final%20Submission%20Krasnova.pdf

    Maybe the problem is Facebook itself.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Ooh, interesting find. It has certainly changed the way we see friends. Facebook shows friends and family members for who they are rather than the warped version they may have previous presented.

  24. Jay
    October 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Interesting bit. I find it ironic you claim to be a 'pendant' in the Ignorance section. I would have expected you to claim to be a pundit, not a piece of jewelry.

  25. Dominic P
    October 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I.e just about everyone your contact list. Hmmm maybe that's why I have no friends :?

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Ha, that would explain it.

  26. Katharine W
    October 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Pretty much hate speech is my pet peeve. Anything racist, misogynistic, homophobic, is going to get people unfriended pretty quickly. I have even unfriended family members over that kind of thing. I just can't tolerate it. I don't mind some different political opinions, like my brother is anti-gun control and occasionally posts something about it. I disagree with him, strongly, but he's not hating on anyone so I can deal. But the minute people start spouting their ignorant opinions about this, that, or the other group of people, I'm out.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I applaud you for standing up and speaking out on subjects like that. It's hard to deal with when a friend uses hate speech, and even harder when it's a family member. Stay strong.

  27. Tomutwit
    October 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    If I say someone sharing a post from something like the EDL, I'm gonna unfriend them.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Oh, I'm with you there. Ignorance is bad, hatred is much, much worse.

  28. Victor
    October 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    What I find particularly annoying is the postings that prey upon ones religious beliefs, such as "bla, bla, bla... re-post if you love Jesus" : " re-post in (X -amount of minutes) and something good will happen" : "ignore and bad luck will ensue." In my opinion these postings are like the chain letters of the past.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      They are exactly like the chain letters of old!

  29. Alan
    October 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    The reactionary people, who see or hear something on the news, and then immediately post the most ridiculous, impossible, far flung solution out there like, "we just need to do something with evey single one of something and then everything will be perfect!" And then no matter how many people tell them that there is no way that that will solve the problem, or that it's just not possible, they still insist that "it's the only way, and it's got to happen immediately!" They are like trolls but not quite...and they drive me crazy because everything is just a gut reation for them, and they put no actual logical thought into the things they say.

  30. Vadra
    October 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I joined face book to keep In Touch with family across the country. I have about 700 people as friends and only know a handful personally. The rest I comment if it's interesting and ignore the ones that are not. I just try not to let the junk bother me.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      That's a good way of approaching it. Sometimes it's hard to ignore though.

  31. paul
    October 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I've got a better idea - how about letting peeps make their own minds up!!!!

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Feel free. I wasn't telling you what to do.

  32. TechnoAngina
    October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    One of my pet peeves in my friends is posting information that wasn't even researched. I get not everyone is going to agree with me, and that's cool, but at least make sure you're posting something based on facts. An occasional slip is okay but if you're just going on screed after screed about X political party is evil that will usually get you blocked if not removed. I try to post just as much cool stuff as I do heavy stuff and every time I post I think, is this adding to the conversation or just filler? As a result only those that truly add to my enjoyment/enrichment are in my stream. This reminds me I need to do some culling.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Exactly, there is no excuse for ignorance. I made a decision a few years ago not to argue with people over viewpoints, because they're usually so entrenched nothing will change them. It keeps me sane when using Facebook.

  33. Eric J
    October 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    i feel you dave. specially on the first type.

  34. Fatih A
    October 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

    i dont have any friends to unfriend

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Aah, I feel sad now. Perhaps I'll do an article about how to find Facebook friends!

    • Fatih A
      October 26, 2013 at 3:28 am

      Finding friends is not the problem, being friends is the problem !

    • DJFatSteve
      October 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I'll friend you. :) - DJ Fat Steve

  35. Ryan Dube
    October 25, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I agree with Mark - those who constantly complain constantly. I can't stand that.

    My absolute worst though, is when people post something about some cause like cancer, depression, child abuse or some other terrible thing, and then they say, "If you don't like this and then repost this on your wall, you're an evil person and you're not my real friend."

    My one rule on Facebook is that no one tells me what to post or not post on my wall. Whenever I see someone post something like the above, it takes all my will power not to delete them for good.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      That's what I was going for with the first one, but you've expressed it better than I did.

  36. Mark
    October 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    What about the chronically sick, those people who are constantly describing their woes to the point where you wonder how they manage to get out of bed in the morning. I have a couple of those. You see them out in public and they're just fine. On Facebook? Why, it's a different ailment every day.

    • Dave P
      October 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      If someone is actually ill then they have my sympathy, but hypochondriacs are ultra annoying on social networks. Good shout!

  37. Akash Shetty
    October 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    If I follow this would make me unfriend everyone on Facebook :)

    • Dave P
      October 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Oh, that's not good! The only solution is to make new Facebook friends ;)

    • tanishq
      November 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      yam passible
      i mean imposseible !!
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      GOODBYE

    • tanishq
      November 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      i mean hi to allll

  38. James Howde
    October 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    At least most of these are people regaling you with dull facts about their real lives.

    My pet peeve is those who sign up for every facebook game going and insist on regular updates into how their imaginary career is progressing.

    • Dave P
      October 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Ugh, that is extremely annoying. Especially when they start trying to persuade you into also playing the game because they get freebies for doing so.

  39. Tyler
    October 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    You forgot the really annoying attention whore people. The "I can't believe what happened to me today..." post that is just them begging you to ask what happened.

  40. Joel L
    October 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I prefer to disable a person's posts from appearing on my feed rather than unfriending. That's all I can add to this conversation.

    • Dave P
      October 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Well, that's another option, obviously. But if everything someone says is hidden from view what's the point of keeping them as friends?

    • Cory
      October 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      I totally do that because if you unfriend then they text you endlessly about why you unfriended them. Hiding them from your news feed accomplishes the same thing without the crazy texts!

    • BERNISE
      October 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      I DO THE SAME AS JOEL, I HATE UNFRIENDING SOMEONE, UNLESS OF COURSE; THEY ARE RUDE AND INCONSIDERATE TO ME.

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