Let's face it. We've all fallen victim to the narcissism that IS social media. And, while each site has it's own unique feel, the bottom line is they are all contributing to our narcissistic society. Facebook and Instagram are particularly criticized for encouraging the "Look At Me" mentality. Google Plus and Twitter seem to be filled with self-promotion from a business side (everyone's selling something!)
There seems to be a new social media platform every week. Yet, I prefer to keep it relatively simple. I am not on Instagram and I have kept my Facebook account a private, not public, forum. I started using my Twitter and G+ accounts only when I started blogging. While all these platforms have irked me the wrong way at some point or another, Twitter is increasingly becoming a bane in my existence.
Twitter is a world all its own. What I like about it is the ease in which you can connect with people who share your interests, promote your business, and get involved in social issues you care about. However, the narcissism is flying high there as well. For this reason I am spending more and more time on G+ where I get to have daily interaction with a much smaller group of people. Twitter has become more of a fray than an enjoyable outlet.
Here is my list of top five TWITTER pet peeves. Oh what the hell! I am going to throw in a sixth one just for fun.
1) People who tweet common sayings and/or actual famous quotes and try to pass them off as their own. For heaven's sake, if your tweet is not an original thought, please put quotes around it. It's ok if you can't put a name to the quote, but don't act like it is yours. Because we all know it's not! I am not talking about the sharing of memes that make the rounds on social media. Kudos to those who take the time to make them so the rest of us can steal, I mean share, them.
2) The use of provocative profile pictures. Unless you are promoting porn or your "escort" service (which many of you are) please stop with this crap just to gain followers. I have an issue with people who mislead others and stoop to the oldest trick in the world (selling sex) in order to be popular. What's funny is all those who fall for it.
3) Those (usually women) who have in their profile "DM me (wink)" - I don't know if I should laugh or feel sorry for these people. This is the equivalent to the bathroom wall saying, "For a good time call....." This is no doubt one reason Twitter has become known as the pick-up joint of social media.
4) People who only (or almost only) retweet other people's stuff. I would really like to see SOME originality and personality. MIX IT UP! Otherwise, there is no point in me following you; I'll follow those you are retweeting.
5) People who only (or almost only) tweet their product - over and over and over again, often retweeting the same exact material repeatedly. That calls for the use of the MUTE button. Personally, I'm more likely to be interested in their product if I can actually connect with them on other personal or social issues. I am really not interested in following a robot.
6) Those automated direct messages you get when you follow certain accounts that then ask you to buy this, like their Facebook page, check this out, blah blah blah. Just stop it already!
Well, there you have it. My top