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Arment Dietrich

Three Things I Hate About Social Media

By: Arment Dietrich | November 9, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Molli Megasko.

I’ve lived in Manhattan now for more than two years so I am officially a cynic.

I’m not asking for permission to go around judging people, just some time from you to listen to the things that bother me – a venting session if you will.

I also promise that I’m usually not this much of a diva, but lately there are some things happening in the social media world that well, frankly, I hate.  So let’s do some therapy and get some of the things we hate off of our chests.  I’ll start with mine, then you add yours.

Things I Hate About Social Media

  • I hate when I get email alerts from people asking me to sign up for other social sites.  I’m not going to do it.  I’m overwhelmed as it is.  Until Facebook crashes, I’m happy where I am.  I’ll make you a deal, once every single person that I know has moved to another platform, I’ll be a bandwagon follower.
  • I hate when people connect on the wrong places.  For me, LinkedIn is for business, Facebook is for friends, and Twitter is for boredom.  If I have not met you in person, I’m probably not going to embarrass myself and let you have permission to see all my photos from a decade ago.
  • I hate that I’m addicted to my iPhone.  I now look forward to long lines, commercial breaks, and not being able to sleep at night.  So please keep posting pictures of your kids I’ll never meet and status updates that prove your life is cooler than mine.  I hate when I check my social sites and there is nothing new to allow me to escape my own boredom.

What do you hate about social media? Go ahead, it feels good to vent.

45 comments
YasinAkgun
YasinAkgun

Number 2 is one of the things that bugs me about social media too. Particularly when people (try to) treat LinkedIn like it's Twitter or Facebook. It isn't. And it isn't cool if you have 300+ people on your LinkedIn. Nobody believes you professionally know all those people. In fact, I doubt you know any.

*rant over* :)

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

I don't think you can or should choose how other people use each platform; Facebook is not just for friends for me - it's also for relationship building with my peers and clients... we often connect through my page or theirs...

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

If Linkedin is for business and Facebook is for friendships, then what do you use for iphone for -- when you're not sending/receiving calls and texts?

MolliMegasko
MolliMegasko

I am liking social media today. There is a petition going around on FB to replace Nickle Back from singing at the Lion's game for Thanksgiving. Hopefully the power of the (social) people will work!

Raj-PB
Raj-PB

Social media is like a double edged sword - It can entertain you and connect you with people but it can also addict you and help you waste a lot of time. I hope social media doesn't go in the same way commercial television has gone.

HLeichsenring
HLeichsenring

I hate "hate-lists" especially those created on social media ;-)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

I hate that 11:30 at night and I'm still on the computer! Does that count??

guitarfreak
guitarfreak

I hate business trying to be "cool" setting up FB pages that have absolutely no value-add other than another billboard for them to advertise on...only a few businesses really "get it" IMO!

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paigeworthy
paigeworthy

I hate that there just aren't enough videos of cats. WORK HARDER, SOCIAL MEDIA; MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE.

hackmanj
hackmanj

I hate the dis-ingenuity that occurs as a result of the perceived need to be all things to everyone on social media that many people seem to feel. It's just not true, do your thing and do it well. Most people don't care about your EAV stock price, Klout score, how many up votes you get on your Quora answers, Twitter RT's, comments on your blog, LinkedIn recommendation, etc, etc, etc...

JustInTheSouth
JustInTheSouth

Molli I was just talking about this with @samtaracollier last week... 3 Thinks I hate about Social Media:

1) People who can only talk about social media. No matter where you talk to them.. it is only about social media. Within social media they can only talk about social media (Trees for the forest).

2) People who make everything a contest. They have to be the first to post about something. They have the most comments. They have the most.... (penus envy)

3) People who obviously have no life because they are always posting or responding to people no matter the time of day. And they feel the need to tell us all ever aspect of their life. (Social Vomit).

So maybe I don't hate social media. Maybe the issue for me is the people.

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

Ok, I've been thinking about this all day, and I have mine: It drives me nuts when people are completely absent from FB; post nothing, comment on nothing, and out of nowhere start promoting the latest thing they're doing, or thing they are raising funds for. Really? NOW you want something from us?

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel

It brings out a tendency to glorify the mundane and overshare the irrelevant.

cyd
cyd

I hate that with fb people don't have to be legit with a website anymore. I am a professional photographer and invested in a website and use fb. Seems with the heavy change in our industry all you need is a decent camera and a fb page and you're in business. Sucks and I hate it. I think technology is actually destroying grass roots and loyalty. There for I've went back to joining the chamber and kawanis. Service organizations are more meaningful than what I photographed the other day.

DonovanGroupInc
DonovanGroupInc

I hate when you try to create an incredible mash-up video contest that would have featured some of Gini Dietrich's greatest photos/videos to the sound track of "Moves like Jagger" and post it to Facebook - it immediately gets pulled...but I digress. Actually that felt good...:) Thanks Molli. LOL

AdamWeitner
AdamWeitner

Rant session! Yes!

I cannot stand (hate is a strong word ;)) when people tweet that they just gave someone "+K" on Klout. Nobody but you and the person receiving the +K cares, and the person receiving it will see that you gave it to them - no need to tell the world! Not sure why, but that really drives me crazy. Even more so than the so very useless Foursquare check-ins - "I'm here everybody, look how cool I am! Don't you wish you were here too?". And, I digress...

ErinKinzel
ErinKinzel

I hate that people feel free to post opinions wrapped in hateful language, simply because they do not have to say it to the face of someone. It is much easier to type hateful, insulting, caustic remarks when you are typing them to a keyboard. But when you are on the reading end of those comments it is quite a turn-off. Where is the civility??

Also, for a variety of reasons, I wasn't on Facebook at all on Sunday. I missed a whole day of posts. I originally wanted to look through my entire news feed on Monday morning to catch up, but I eventually declared Facebook newsfeed bankruptcy. It was hard at the time, but in the end, did I REALLY miss anything? Nope. Perhaps I should declare bankruptcy more often. :)

MorganBarnhart
MorganBarnhart

Like you, I really hate that I'm addicted to my EVO. Every single moment in my life, every pic, every event; I feel COMPELLED to post it on Twitter and/or Facebook. It's a curse!

On the other hand, though, I like sharing things with my friends and have them share things with me. So it's a nice give and take.

I just wish I could relax, forget about my phone and just enjoy the moment.

Sigh.

Awesome post, Molli!

YasinAkgun
YasinAkgun

(just to make it clear, on reading my comment, I'm not aiming my comment at any here in particular :)

MolliMegasko
MolliMegasko

Interesting thought there. I don't think it will go away, just evolve.

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

@rustyspeidel are you kidding? the ice cream sandwich I had at lunch was AWESOME and newsworthy. and a real indulgence. Don't you want to see a photo of it?

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel

@ErinKinzel I had to de-friend someone recently for just that. The rudest, most hateful tone I have encountered in a long time.

MolliMegasko
MolliMegasko

@ErinKinzel I delete people from my news feed if they are too hateful about something. Even if I don't care about the subject they are referring to, I don't need all that negativity taking up my fun FB wall.

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

@rustyspeidel@ErinKinzel and to the very opposite end of the spectrum, I've un-friended someone who is over the top positive. I'm a happy person, don't get me wrong, but I don't need to read every. single, day. about how lucky you are and how awesome life is. Gag. LOL.

ErinKinzel
ErinKinzel

@MolliMegasko And when they are a family member the question is do I hide them, delete them as a friend, or say something to them in real life? Or, should I write a passive-aggressive status update that is secretly directed towards them? (You can make that #2 on the list of things I hate about social media!)

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