There’s some things that I repeatedly see on various social networks that really grate at me.
Sketchy Twitter updates
On Twitter when someone has obviously uploaded a photo to one of their favourite photo sharing sites and the link that’s automatically posted to Twitter just says: “I’ve just posted a photo on *insert latest social network here*.”
Because I have to click to see what this photo is a description about the photo might make me want to click it, not the fact that you’ve just uploaded a photo. It’s lazy. Next!
Automatic cross-posting from Facebook to Twitter
Again on Twitter, automatic posting from Facebook to Twitter and the link that’s posted just goes back to Facebook. I never get why people setup automatic tweets from their Facebook updates. If you’re using Facebook as your website and need somewhere to post a longer version of your tweet, at least mention that.
Twitter and Facebook are quite different and should be used separately. Unfortunately this automatic posting also means that they’re not really following what their fans are saying on Twitter therefore don’t engage with them. It’s very frustrating, and not a good look.
Same updates on Twitter and Facebook
I’ve been guilty of this once or twice because I have most different friends on both platforms but when there is a crossover of friends on both, and I see they’ve made the same update on both platforms, I feel like I may have missed out on some of the conversation because there’s now two places that the conversation is occurring. It’s just a little thing, but a tad annoying.
Jumping on a Facebook question bandwagon
I often see this question in Facebook: “I’m cleaning up my Facebook friends. Let me know if you want to stay.”
Surely it’s up to the individual who they want to keep as friends and they can add and remove friends at will. I’ve never responded to any of these and if I’ve been unfriended – oh well, too bad. I don’t think I ever have been though.
Make it easy for me to subscribe to your blog
Lastly, if you’ve got a blog I presume you want people to read it? Do you? Well have you got an easy method for people to subscribe to your blog updates? SO many blogs I read don’t have this and it’s dead easy to do. And by this, I mean a RSS feed icon, or a ‘Subscribe here’ link.
All blogging software automatically has a feed built-in and usually it’s a matter of adding a widget or something to link this feed to an icon. I use Feedburner to redirect my WordPress feed. This way you can track your feed subscribers and you can also provide them with a way of subscribing via email if they don’t use or know what an RSS feed is.
Do any of these annoy you, or any other things?
Nikki @ Stylingy You says
Oh yes! Agree, agree, agree. Each social media platform is SO different. Think before you post and you share to multiple. Who are you talking to?
Thanks Nikki. I think people just jump on the bandwagon without really thinking things through.
Fran @ TravelGenee says
Found your blog via Styling You and enjoyed the reminder about user experience we are creating on the social media side. Have to say I am not that good on my personal blog. There is much room for improvement. For work I created a weekly calendar to try and add variety for the different mediums rather than just repeat the same material. This has helped and need more effort.
Thanks for dropping by Fran. It’s all a big learning curve and it never ends. You’re one step ahead of me blog-wise. I don’t have a calendar. My posting is a bit more organic.