Saturday, August 29, 2009

The 12 most annoying types of Facebookers -


Brilliant find by my cousin Nicole

I admit, I am the self promoter talked about there. I have admitted to many that Facebook for me is a means to an end. And that end is is my blog, whether on Multiply/ Blogspot. Me using Facebook is me in the if you can't beat them join mode. . I have said many times before that as universally used as FB is, it is esoteric. Blogs can be useful to people who may not know the author. Facebook rarely is. Call it arrogant but maybe a thing or two in my blog might be surprisingly useful or important to someone who is not a regular blog follower but is an FB contact. Facebook is the lowest common denominator. Which can be translated to some as popular or the best. But best is always what most suits our needs and our needs are different. So I get that.

There is definitely interaction in Facebook but rarely something like this.

But I look at what gets announced to me and it's what crop they collect for their virtual farm or their score in some jewelry game or some commercial promotion or what they had for lunch or someone giving me a virtual beer or coffee . And I am supposed to think this is the best? I am supposed to believe that every story I write is not as good as this? I am also secure in the knowledge that anyone who might be offended by this likely will not even think of reading this.

For me, my signature piece that explains on line social networking and its wasted potential is here.
Maybe people don't go online to think or really read thoughts that are not of a extremely self indulgent nature. Maybe those people are the ones that think Facebook is it. If anyone is disturbed and decides to drop me as a FB contact, I understand. Some people rarely consider conscience when it comes to logging into Facebook. It's an escape.

I have three on line friends who won't sell out to Facebook unlike me:

Doc Albert
Dough Boy.

All brilliant and if FB/ Twitter / Friendster are your be all and end all of social networking then you will miss out on people like that. And part of me thinks you deserve to.

Proud to be a self promoter of Twisted Thoughts

related links (many of my various facebook thoughts0


The 12 most annoying types of Facebookers

* Story Highlights
* Facebook is a great tool -- and a reminder of why some people get on your nerves
* Too many status updates read like navel-gazing diary entries, or worse, spam
* A dozen of the most annoying types of Facebook users listed
* Among them: bores, shameless self-promoters and people who send you quizzes

By Brandon Griggs

(CNN) -- Facebook, for better or worse, is like being at a big party with all your friends, family, acquaintances and co-workers.

There are lots of fun, interesting people you're happy to talk to when they stroll up. Then there are the other people, the ones who make you cringe when you see them coming. This article is about those people.

Sure, Facebook can be a great tool for keeping up with folks who are important to you. Take the status update, the 160-character message that users post in response to the question, "What's on your mind?" An artful, witty or newsy status update is a pleasure -- a real-time, tiny window into a friend's life.

But far more posts read like navel-gazing diary entries, or worse, spam. A recent study categorized 40 percent of Twitter tweets as "pointless babble," and it wouldn't be surprising if updates on Facebook, still a fast-growing social network, break down in a similar way. Take a CNN quiz: What kind of Facebooker are you? �

Combine dull status updates with shameless self-promoters, "friend-padders" and that friend of a friend who sends you quizzes every day, and Facebook becomes a daily reminder of why some people can get on your nerves. VideoWatch as Facebookers reveal bugbears �

Here are 12 of the most annoying types of Facebook users:

The Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day Bore. "I'm waking up." "I had Wheaties for breakfast." "I'm bored at work." "I'm stuck in traffic." You're kidding! How fascinating! No moment is too mundane for some people to broadcast unsolicited to the world. Just because you have 432 Facebook friends doesn't mean we all want to know when you're waiting for the bus.

The Self-Promoter. OK, so we've probably all posted at least once about some achievement. And sure, maybe your friends really do want to read the fascinating article you wrote about beet farming. But when almost EVERY update is a link to your blog, your poetry reading, your 10k results or your art show, you sound like a bragger or a self-centered careerist.

The Friend-Padder. The average Facebook user has 120 friends on the site. Schmoozers and social butterflies -- you know, the ones who make lifelong pals on the subway -- might reasonably have 300 or 400. But 1,000 "friends?" Unless you're George Clooney or just won the lottery, no one has that many. That's just showing off.

The Town Crier. "Michael Jackson is dead!!!" You heard it from me first! Me, and the 213,000 other people who all saw it on TMZ. These Matt Drudge wannabes are the reason many of us learn of breaking news not from TV or news sites but from online social networks. In their rush to trumpet the news, these people also spread rumors, half-truths and innuendo. No, Jeff Goldblum did not plunge to his death from a New Zealand cliff.

The TMIer. "Brad is heading to Walgreens to buy something for these pesky hemorrhoids." Boundaries of privacy and decorum don't seem to exist for these too-much-information updaters, who unabashedly offer up details about their sex lives, marital troubles and bodily functions. Thanks for sharing.

The Bad Grammarian. "So sad about Fara Fauset but Im so gladd its friday yippe". Yes, I know the punctuation rules are different in the digital world. And, no, no one likes a spelling-Nazi schoolmarm. But you sound like a moron.

The Sympathy-Baiter. "Barbara is feeling sad today." "Man, am I glad that's over." "Jim could really use some good news about now." Like anglers hunting for fish, these sad sacks cast out their hooks -- baited with vague tales of woe -- in the hopes of landing concerned responses. Genuine bad news is one thing, but these manipulative posts are just pleas for attention.

The Lurker. The Peeping Toms of Facebook, these voyeurs are too cautious, or maybe too lazy, to update their status or write on your wall. But once in a while, you'll be talking to them and they'll mention something you posted, so you know they're on your page, hiding in the shadows. It's just a little creepy.

The Crank. These curmudgeons, like the trolls who spew hate in blog comments, never met something they couldn't complain about. "Carl isn't really that impressed with idiots who don't realize how idiotic they are." [Actual status update.] Keep spreading the love.

The Paparazzo. Ever visit your Facebook page and discover that someone's posted a photo of you from last weekend's party -- a photo you didn't authorize and haven't even seen? You'd really rather not have to explain to your mom why you were leering like a drunken hyena and French-kissing a bottle of Jagermeister.

The Obscurist. "If not now then when?" "You'll see..." "Grist for the mill." "John is, small world." "Dave thought he was immune, but no. No, he is not." [Actual status updates, all.] Sorry, but you're not being mysterious -- just nonsensical.

The Chronic Inviter. "Support my cause. Sign my petition. Play Mafia Wars with me. Which 'Star Trek' character are you? Here are the 'Top 5 cars I have personally owned.' Here are '25 Things About Me.' Here's a drink. What drink are you? We're related! I took the 'What President Are You?' quiz and found out I'm Millard Fillmore! What president are you?"

You probably mean well, but stop. Just stop. I don't care what president I am -- can't we simply be friends? Now excuse me while I go post the link to this story on my Facebook page.

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