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5 Things People Do On Facebook That Drive Me Crazy

Craig Snyder 14-11-2011

things people do on facebookHello, Facebook user. Browsing Facebook for at least an hour a day? Have over 200 friends? Used Facebook for a few months? By the time you’ve read through this post, I can promise that you’ll have nodded your head in agreement at least once.


When Google+ was first announced, I immediately assumed it would be a hit. Not because of how Google is so interlaced with the rest of our internet, but because of “Facebook fatigue“. Change is very refreshing and exciting (as long as it’s not Facebook changing How To Enable Facebook's New "Timeline" Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It Yesterday Facebook announced a host of new features in what was described by industry observers as the biggest shakeup in Facebook's history. Most of these changes are obviously due to the emerging and growing threat... Read More … itself) and seems to have a gravitational pull online.New stuff is cool to us. The great transition from MySpace to Facebook was a clear example.

But, how does one fall victim to Facebook fatigue? While that’s a question that is conditional to the temperament of each individual user, I can bet that experiencing any of the following five antics will have you begging for a Dislike button.

We ranted a bit with 5 Things You Need To Stop Posting On Facebook 5 Things You Need to Stop Posting on Facebook We've discussed things that annoy Dave on Twitter, and we've even talked about how you may have compromised your security on the Internet. However, it seems as if Facebook brings both of those topics together.... Read More . I rant on with five more.

Indirect Status Updates

If you’re above the age of 30, you probably don’t experience this horrible Facebook phenomenon quite as often as the rest of us. This is the go-to move of every disgruntled 16-year-old girl. It’s also high up there with males who need a cowardly and passive-aggressive way to openly rage at their ex-girlfriend. In the end, both end up looking pathetic, psychotic, and/or immature. Come on, you know what I’m talking about:

  • “I hate him so much. I can’t stand being around him every day of my life.”
  • “I like how my best friend seems to never be there for me…”
  • “Seriously, who hangs up on somebody in the middle of a conversation?”

All of these are cries for attention. All of these are very narrowly directed at one person or one small group of people. All of these are weird and annoying. All of these could just as easily point directly at the person, but that would still be immature. Send them a damn personal message, don’t go embarrassing yourself and looking like a wreck in front of your friends. Stop it.


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I feel a little different about cute messages or ones that are positive and cheerful in nature. You get a pass on that, just don’t do it more than three times per week please.

MySpace-esque Behavior & “Games”

I hate to be the guy to claim, “That’s so MySpace!” but listen: The general quality of the Facebook community was at its peak when MySpace was alive and well. MySpace was for glittery graphics, profile songs, Mafia Wars, and comment spam. It generally seemed to appeal to kids in high school and younger. Facebook was for the clean-cut college student and above. It was for people who enjoyed an organized, no-nonsense approach to social networking.

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Unfortunately, that has all changed. Here are a few of the cancers that Facebook has unfortunately inherited:

  • The “TBH” word game – “LMS TBH” (Like my status, to be honest) is a little social game where users who Like another’s status will receive an honest opinion about themselves posted to their Wall.
  • “Inbox me numbers” – This is basically a private and more ridiculous mutation of TBH. You send a private message to a user with a random number. Instead of posting to your Wall, they post the numbers they received to their own Wall and then an opinion or memory about the corresponding person who sent them that particular number.
  • Ridiculous chain messages – “Repost this status or 12 kids will die of cancer”, “R.I.P. David: Just kidding. If you had an emotional response to David’s fake death, repost this on your Wall”, “Facebook is going to shut down in three days unless you pay them $50 for an account, let’s repost this a million times and stop them”, etc.
  • Friend-tagging word games – “Look at your friends displayed to the left. The first five are your co-stars in the next terrible sci-fi movie,” with five witty character names to label for each, etc.

There are more examples out there, but I’m annoyed in even describing these four.

Using Apps that Spam Walls or Tags

Okay, you definitely know this one. FarmVille 3 Tips and Tricks to Avoid FarmVille on Facebook Read More ? Sims Social? Horoscopes? The “Report Card” app that tags a ridiculous amount of your friends? Every birthday calendar app that obnoxiously invades your Wall?

This is just flat-out annoying. A lot of these applications spam your friends’ Walls, too. The fact that it spams yours is annoying enough. This hits hard because you’ve got to be considerate about things that not only affect your friends’ profiles, but yours as well. We see it on our News Feed. It spams the hell out of us. How about an application for horoscopes that messages you privately? Don’t get your hopes up, it’ll never happen because these apps thrive on virability and they need exposure through you so that they can be monetized.


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Being a Downer

Sometimes it’s like Frownbook. Lighten up! If you use your Facebook only to vent out your frustration and depression, you’re doing it wrong. I’ve never done it myself, but I can’t imagine that it is the best form of therapy. See a professional if it becomes a habit.

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Again, it goes back to being considerate and we all see it. I don’t want to be brought down by your six depressing posts per day. If that happens, I’m going to have to remove you, and then what if you notice? That’s going to upset you even more, maybe!


Using Facebook as Twitter

You know that friend who blows up your News Feed with a new status every 30 minutes? Have them look into Twitter. Maybe they’ve heard of it. Facebook’s not the place to tell us you’re waking up, driving to the store, watching TV, eating food, feeling sick, and laying in bed all within the same day and in separate posts.

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So, who among you is saying – guilty as charged? Facebook is a social network. Just like our real world one, it falls upon us to keep it clutter free. Don’t you think so? What are your pet peeves when it comes to Facebook.

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  1. kp
    May 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    geez at all the freaking people complaining about what others do on their own social media account! get over it. I shouldn't really have to worry that losing you as a facebook friend is going to upset me even more. i can say whatever i want, granted if i will be a "downer" for not. i don't care anymore. get over it. it's my page, not yours. Stop telling others what to do online. And how do we really know how we are using social media "wrong" ??? i use it for fun and if i want to vent, okay, but that's not your problem to be honest .

  2. Erin
    March 10, 2016 at 2:04 am

    So funny..I have a friend who is 40 now and he constantly posts about his ex wife and how she did him dirty, "But God's got my back" and "I'm finally happy now'..and it's soooo obvious he's not happy. Then he got mad at me for kindly telling him that he was being a bit immature--and posted a rant directed at me! lmao. It said, "Nothing pisses me off more and makes me think less than when someone talks to me condescendingly. I've earned my position in life!!! Yes, with THREE exclamations. And this was AFTER I'd called him to say, "Hey, I hope you didnt take that the wrong way. I didnt meant to offend and if I hurt your feelings, I apologize." Because in real life that's what people do. Instead of calling me back he posted that!

  3. Katie
    May 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I definitely think there's an exception to the rule about sad posts. For example, if someone passes away. There have been a few times I found out someone I knew died from a Facebook post. Also if someone is gravely ill. I knew someone with cancer who would post updates on her batlle and frustrations. Personally I think there are times when depressing posts can be good because the replies they get might be helpful and uplifting. These are supposed to be your "friend's." Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Granted some people are over the top with it.

  4. dave
    December 15, 2014 at 5:16 am

    This is so true. Especially women posting the dumbest crap, always about themselves and their problems. And just bc they are hott they get tons of attention and admiration for what they say.

  5. grayson83
    December 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    true.. some points like using facebook as twitter also bothers me alot .

  6. Arbcreative
    December 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I can't stand those "... if you agree, post this as your status. I'm pretty sure I know who will post this. Are you brave enough to stand up for..."   UGH  So, if I don't follow like a sheep in copying and pasting something that who-knows-who has created for who-knows-what reason, somehow I'm a coward, or I disagree with the sentiment?  I think not!  Maybe I'm just more interested in posting MY OWN thoughts on a subject, than regurgitating someone else's canned propaganda.

    STOP!  JUST STOP IT!  If you can't come up with something to say about a topic on your own, then you clearly just haven't given enough thought to it to warrant sharing it with the world.

    NEW RULE:  If you copy and paste someone else's words... you MUST include a credit to the originator... if you can't, then DON'T POST IT.

  7. Noone
    December 1, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I quit Facebook two years ago and will never return. It's Big Brother. Wake up!

    • Craig Snyder
      December 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

      I'll be publishing something in regards to your opinion on that matter in due time.

  8. Carla Hernandez
    November 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Best article yet, I agree

  9. Rdsheets
    November 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Facebook is inherently useless...don't use it unless you have to. If you have to use Facebook you are probably useless yourself...Not Justin Bieber/Katy Perry useless but somewhere way up in there...

  10. Tony M.
    November 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Facebook offers no services I need.  Furthermore, their security practices are abhorrent to me.  Translation: I don't like Facebook and don't use the site.

  11. spinflux
    November 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I dislike pictures. Okay, if it's a cool photo, like a bear chasing a bison (google it) or if it's just ONE photo of your kid on their 8th birthday or in their halloween costume, fine. But photograph after photograph belongs in an album, not on your wall, because your kid isn't special and their pics all look the same.

    Also, you don't need to post pics of everything they do. "Kid at the beach". "Kid making cookies." "Pic of kid's cookies OMG DISASTER LOL!!!1". Ugh.

  12. Scott Barbour
    November 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Convince the people using the apps you consider "spammy" to change the settings for the app.  You can make it so that apps only make their posts visible to certain people (even only yourself).  For instance, I don't want everyone and their uncle seeing what I'm listening to on Spotify, so Spotify is configured to post messages that only I can see.

    • Ariel Wiborn
      November 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      Yeah, I do something similar for Sims Social (sad addiction). Only people that play Sims, that are my friends on FB, can see the things I post. And then I delete them after a certain amount of time, because they're annoying as all hell. Problem solved.

  13. Gemini0530
    November 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Pushing people I for sure do not know, some without pics, then tell me to add as a friend because I "might" know them???????  I don't think so.

  14. Agustin
    November 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah, I hate the downers... I have a girl who only connects to post messages of hate and sadness; she needs a f*ck ASAP

    And I also agree with the ones who update their status every 5 minutes: "In the shower", "Eating", "Taking a nap", "Going to work", "So tired", "In the bathroom again", "Going to bed", etcccccc            I DON'T ******** CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Panda
    November 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I agree - Facebook is starting to annoy me. I mean, why should does it assume it can tell me what is a "top story" and what is not? It should be up to me what I see on my news feed. Also, why does it feel the need to notify me when someone updates their status when I can see it on my news feed? It's like it's screaming out for attention.

    • Craig Snyder
      November 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      The minifeed sidebar needs to be tuned quite a bit. I don't like the fact that it will stream 20 messages of the same friend accepting friend requests. That should cap somewhere. Also, you should be able to opt out of having your activity shown on that feed. A little privacy, please?

  16. Anonymous
    November 15, 2011 at 4:39 am

    All of these are inevitable because there's a lot of people on Facebook. 

    Google Plus can overcome this because of the Twitter-like friend's system.

  17. Jerryb
    November 15, 2011 at 4:28 am

    tHERE is no such thing as a Status anymore ~ just posts.

    • Moner256
      December 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

      That's right. That was the old facebook which has been redone. I see posts about this and can't understand why it's even mentioned,

  18. phoenixstormcrow
    November 15, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I've read a number of articles on the topic of what one should not do on Facebook by now.  You know what I have not seen? An article about what is appropriate behavior on Facebook.  Why don't you tell us what you like about that site, in addition to these (quite legitimate) gripes?

    • Smumdax
      November 15, 2011 at 4:50 am

      That article actually has been written a couple weeks back... look it up.

      • J. Lockhart
        December 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

        Smumdax strikes again. Thank you, sir.