The facts are astounding! More than one of every 7 people use Facebook and Twitter is said to have 200 billion tweets a year . So everyone around the world has lots to say and express. But sometimes what we say is not liked and seems extremely annoying rather than interesting. Such times, we face the danger of being cut off or unfriended- would you want to be one of these we’re sure you don’t. Avoid these turnoffs.
Perpetually promoting yourself or your products
Remember that social media is for friendly social interaction. Its not a place where you can vigorously promote your products like a door to door salesman. So go slow on your promotional activities. Use social media to showcase something you wish to promote, in a subtle manner. Repeated promotional posts put people off. It is as annoying as a hawker selling things.
Sharing information indiscriminately
Posting things and events that are too private to be disclosed or rather displayed on a social network is a big turn off for those who are not among your close circle of friends. You may have forgotten these circles and posted about last night misadventure publicly. That would be distasteful to many. It is better to text people about your escapades rather than share. People may even block you out.
Not responding or thanking people
There are unwritten rules that people follow even on social networks. One of them is courtesy and good manners. You cannot be unmannerly and hope to have a lot of friends. If some one likes your post or makes a good comment, its proper to thank them. If you don’t bother to thank and tend to ignore, don’t be surprised if you are ignored too.
Frequently updating digital clutter
You may think that sending a link several times in an hour or two will increase the chances of people noticing it and clicking on it. Re- posting so frequently, within a short span of time, will only create a lot of digital clutter which may be the reason why people stop following you. If your post is interesting it will be noticed. Don’t drive people away by being over anxious.
Sharing unwanted chain letters
Chain letters of any kind are obnoxious. They most often tend to pressurize you into doing something you don’t want to. No one likes this type of unwanted social pressure. They would rather discourage people who relay such letters. Moreover if you wish to share something shocking or sensational, first check on its authenticity. People prefer to stay away from sensation mongers.
Posting vague and irrelevant status updates
If you are trying to create a drama, especially among close friends, the social network is not the place to that and especially if you are laying bare your emotional outburst on your status update. New friends won’t understand this and feel like strangers and left out, and naturally tend to drop out of your list. Followers too will find you uninteresting.
Hop on whats trending without thinking
Something sensational is trending and you want to be in the hub of it. If you are really concerned or interested, by all means read it and contribute to it. Don’t just hop on to the bandwagon, just because you want to be part of it, no matter what. You could very well post your regular travel tips, and stop chasing sensations. People will recognize you for what you are.
Using outrageous english
Grammar, we know is taking a beating on social media. If you post atrocious short cuts, unpardonable exclamations and the hateful ‘ all caps’, you are sure to be un-followed as soon as possible. All communication channels wish to maintain some decorum and good language always wins more friends. Bad English can give you a very poor image online.