It’s rather easy to be annoying – both online and offline. As they say, “haters gonna hate”, and whether you are truly being annoying or people just don’t get you, there will always be those who think you are an annoying person.
When it comes to social media, though, it is hard to deny that there are common characteristics that highlight an annoying person. Whether your answer to the title is yes or no, you might want to take a look at the following questions and figure out if you are an annoying person on social media. You never know – after all, you do not want to be that person, which can only be detrimental.
Is your Twitter feed full of self-promotional links?
What are self-promotional links in the first place? Take a look at your Twitter feed. Let’s be more specific: your last 10 tweets, what are they? If they are blog posts from your own sites, tweets about your product/s, or tweets that highlight your brand, then you might be annoying to many of your followers.
Does your LinkedIn profile look like a marketing page?
Marketing drivel is everywhere. You can’t escape it, and so many people fall for it; but it’s relatively easy to spot that kind of drivel.
If you have “CEO and Founder of [some company]” all over the place as your job titles, then you might want to rethink things. What is the value of putting those two titles together? What is the value of the company in the first place?
Other mumbojumbo that turns people off:
- CEO of Top [whatever firm]
- Founder of Innovative [whatever firm]
- Expert at/in [whatever]
As Tywin Lannister said, “Any man who must say, “I am the king” is no true king.”
Do you bug your friends and family to share/like/retweet your posts all the time?
Don’t get me wrong – asking those you know to share or like your Facebook posts/page is one way to get going on social media. But, if you keep nagging them for every single post, or you keep inviting the same people to like your page/s every week, then you are certainly an annoying person on social media.
How often do you reply to comments/tweets?
If your answer is, “I don’t have time for that”, or something along those lines, then you know the answer to the title of this post.
It’s been said so many times before – social media is not only about broadcasting. A huge part of it is interacting with people. Whether they share, like, retweet, or comment, people are actually reacting to you. Isn’t it only sensible, not to mention polite, to get back to them?
So, how did you do with the questions above?
Author: Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
Editor of Splashpress Media, writer, and geek bitten by the travel bug.