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Social (-ly awkward) Media

out of the blue February 13, 2009

In this post: With Friday the 13th upon us, I share a few “creepy” social media experiences with readers …

Jaimy Szymanski | Social MediaAs a salute to Friday the 13th (as it doesn’t happen often .. does it?), I’ve decided to compile a list of the highly creepy not-to-dos in utilizing social media’s many tools.

Because, let’s be honest: Every one of you has had one of these things happen to you before and always wanted to vent about its creepy undertones:


  • I won’t feel bad if you don’t personally reply to every tweet I send. Even I know I’m not that interesting, so you’re not fooling anyone. It just comes off kind of weird.
  • One #followfriday recommendation is nice. Two is really nice. Three makes me question your motives. Four makes me un-follow you. Five makes me close the blinds at home.
  • I question my own twitter-stream, bio and the like when accounts named @youhaveawineproblem, @lose10lbsfast, @youthinkyourefunny & @crazycatladiesrule begin to follow me. Get out of my head!
  • I’m not a fan of the auto-DM after following you. I’m an even bigger non-fan of the auto-DMs that read, “Thanks for following me! DM me for my Website, blog, free e-book, family photo album, work goals, online resume, pet videos and more!!!!”

Facebook users …

  • I hate to break it to you, but I’m not interested in any requests that deal with pillow fights, stripper names, flavors of candy or the like. Just … no. That goes for growing gifts, too. Especially if they grow into a chainsaw, Saw mask or a clown.
  • Don’t write on my wall, “It was nice seeing you last night,” when it was a one-way meeting. If I didn’t see you as well, it’s called stalking.
  • Don’t impersonate someone else. That’s uber-creepy. It happened to a friend of mine once – the person actually found his pic online and used it as his profile pic!
  • I’m not a mind-reader. If we connected elsewhere online (like twitter, LinkedIN, etc.), say so in the friend request. Otherwise, I’ll be forced to assume you’re the creepy uncle of a friend of a friend who’s been perusing the “Girls Night Out” photo album repeatedly.

Flickr users …

  • I can only look at so many photos of your cats………Just kidding! Post away! Especially those “icanhazcheezburger“-type ones. What a hoot!!!!!!
  • Please be wary of backgrounds. The last thing I want to see is a shirtless yeti perusing the kitchen looking for sustenance.
  • Photoshopping in my face or likeness is prohibited. That means you, Mom. And you, Larry from high school. And you, American Idol. Seriously – I don’t have time to be on the show, just drop it already.

And, I’m spent. If there are some big creep-outs I missed in these SM tools (or, other tools too), let me know. Post your comments in honor of Friday the 13th. Have a fab weekend, all!