Social media annoyancesI recently mentioned on Facebook that I don’t like food photos. Other people agree with me – Incubus bassist Ben Kenney said that “food photos are the Comic Sans of Facebook”. I do appreciate that other people probably get equally bored with me posting photos of Missie (although she is really cute so the photos tend to get a lot of likes), and it has been pointed out that posts about Arsenal’s progress are as boring as I find posts about rugby.

For a bit of fun I posed the question on one of our internal Yammer networks “what are your top social media annoyances?” – most people took ‘social media’ to mean Facebook. So, here’s the cleaned up list. Bear in mind that I’ll take the credit for food photos, and one other is mine, but the rest are from other responders. I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. And also bear in mind that this is just a bit of fun – if you do frequently feel the need to share pictures of your lunch with the world it doesn’t make you a bad person.

  1. Food photos – the exceptions are beautifully-crafted cakes.
  2. People who post “good morning” or “good night”. You aren’t walking into a meeting or leaving your mates after a night out.
  3. People who post clichéd quotations.
  4. “If I get a million likes, whatever will happen”.
  5. “Pictures of my UK colleagues’ back gardens just because they’ve got a bit of snow on the ground”.
  6. Motivational exercise sayings on stupid pictures. I disagree with this one, they’re often funny. However…
  7. Over-sharing of funny pictures. When you have 400 friends, you’re likely to see the picture several times.
  8. “Social media”. Fair enough.
  9. “People who say The Onion isn’t funny any more and yet still continue to like it on Facebook”. That’s quite specific.
  10. “Ex-colleagues of another colleague who defend their reducing market share by repeating the FUD on Techcrunch”. I have no idea what this refers to.
  11. “People who send me a connect invitation when I don’t know them and when it’s just because we are in the same industry”.
  12. “Can you name an animal without the letter Z in it? It’s not as easy as you think”. Yes it is, and that’s the point. Everyone who responds is just encouraging the people who make up these stupid games to carry on.
  13. Dating ads. My profile says I’m married.
  14. Political rants.
  15. Farmville.
  16. “Happy birthday posts from people who had no idea it was your birthday until the site told them”. Hmmm, guilty most days of the year.
  17. People who type everything in uppercase. There’s no need to shout.
  18. “Pretty much any child accomplishment post is irritating as hell”. Someone else mentioned pictures of potty-training.
  19. “Parents that have their kids as their own picture – you still have your own damned identity people”. And as a follow-on…
  20. “I’m supposed to meet someone at a customer site I’ve never met before and, to identify them, all I have to go on is their resemblance to their Xbox avatar”. I guess that applies to Facebook but personally I use LinkedIn if I’m meeting someone – the photos on there tend to be more professional-looking.