We all like to think we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to our social – vigilant about updating our privacy settings, culling followers and disabling geotags but occasionally some bad habits slip in. From annoying invites to incessant liking, here’s how to cut that faux pas out. Your friends will thank you.
1. ‘Hilarious’ employment details
Are you guilty of working as a Full-Time Mad Bastard or studying insomnia at The Institute of Ibiza?
When Facebook gave us the option to add our jobs and studies to our profiles, we all had a little fun with it – just another way to showcase our wit to the world. But now, the show is over! Reading that you’re a Casanova at the Playboy Mansion is embarrassing for all involved and a massive turn-off for prospective employers, colleagues, and suitors.
2. Cut the birthday collage
Wishing friends a happy birthday is one thing but uploading photos of you with the birthday boy or girl where they look grim and you look glorious is a bit transparent.
3. Stop inviting me to play Farmville
Or Candy Crush or any other game you’re slinging. If I haven’t accepted your first 13 invitations you can take it I never will.
4. Choose that profiler wisely
You can be filtered to within an inch of your life with seriously fleeky eyebrows and wonderful lighting but if you’re smoking, drinking and/or flipping the bird, maybe reconsider that upload. (Or save it for Snapchat!) Think: would I be happy for my boss to see this? The internet is for life guys, not just for Christmas.
5. Sharing every single competition. Ever
We get it, you really want that luxury cruise and that new car and that £50 Tesco voucher but can you let some of them slide? Or at least vary the accompanying comment every now and then. “Liked and shared.”
6. Calm your selfie down
Please resist the temptation to flood our feeds with selfie after selfie after selfie. I don’t care how gorgeous your new kicks are or how perfect your hair looks in the gym mirror, it’s just not that interesting for the rest of us.
7. Keep the commentary in check
The comments section of any post can be a terrifying place. Misguided, inflammatory and insulting posts under an article are commonplace. You may feel compelled to weigh in on such discussions to correct wrongdoing and by all means, if you feel like you have something constructive to add to a conversation, then do.
However, don’t let a little back and forth descend into a slagging match online. It’s public, it’s permanent and it’s usually anti-productive. What’s that old chestnut about fighting with fools?