There are many, many social media trends out in the world right now. Most of them are wonderful, helpful and fun trends, while a few of them need to go… now. Some are annoying, a waste of time, and if you use them you know you can do better!
I know that this may be a little harsh, but I am sure many will agree. Listed below are three current social media trends that need to stop now:
Controversial, yes. Popular on Twitter, of course. Follow Friday becoming more degrading over time, definitely. Which is sad, but true. When the trend first started, it was all about namechecking one or two people per week and describing why they’re so great: “#FollowFriday @buckheadshow because he’s charming, witty and handsome.” Kind of like that. But now it’s just a long, unnecessary list of names with no rhyme or reason. Why should I follow these people? In fact, Follow Friday has no ventured into Follow Sunday. I mean, seriously? Let’s either go back to the original ways of the #FollowFriday trend where you give reasons to follow people, or use Twitter Lists instead.
No one cares that you just checked in at the grocery store and are buying something, or that you’re watching a tv show via another social media portal or that you just subscribed to someone’s youtube channel. If people cared, they would be-friend you on Foursquare or subscribe to your youtube channel. Instead, they’re un-following you on Twitter because you’re overwhelming them! Auto-tweets from web services are basically designed to promote the services themselves. If you use an auto-tweet service, you’re polluting your Twitter feed. Try being personal on your Twitter for a change and actually typing out your own tweet.
Checking your friends in on Facebook Places without their permission
If people wanted to check in on Facebook Places (or Foursquare for that matter) they would remember to do it themselves. It’s a little rude when you tag other people at a place without their permission. Yes you can block people from doing this to you but you shouldn’t have to. In short, if we were friends on Facebook I could check in at a location and, without your permission and regardless of whether you were actually there or not, I could tell everyone else you were with me. Facebook Places has definitely already caused annoyances and has been used to harass people or their family members. Wouldn’t you question it if you saw that a friend of your boyfriend or girlfriend has checked your boyfriend or girlfriend in at a place you wouldn’t approve of or be happy with? Just sayin’.