A few days ago Facebook unveiled its latest update – reactions. Set to replace the standard like function, reactions allow users to tell their friends exactly how they feel about what they're posting through the use of emojis. While the longed for dislike button still hasn't appeared, these reactions are a step in the right direction. The reactions include Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry. ￼
But clearly this isn't enough, as so many people use all manner of other methods to display their thoughts and emotions across Facebook. Below are some examples.
1) Lyrics as a status
￼We’re all for screeching out the latest Justin Bieber track (guilty pleasure), but using lyrics out of context as your status can (and has) led to much confusion, resulting in distant relatives writing "Are u ok?? x x" to show their concern. If you have to clarify that your status is actually lyrics to a song, it's not worth it.
2) Baby photos
￼We get it, your child is the most precious thing to you, and they are cute. We happily liked the first photo of your bundle of joy, and the second, and the third; we do this graciously until the 42nd similar post of the day, when it becomes essential that we hide you from our newsfeed. Sorry.
3) Fishing or vaguebooking
￼This is where an intentionally vague or derogatory status update is used to prompt friends to ask what's wrong or give a compliment. Examples such as "So that just happened...", "Feeling frustrated", "I need to lose weight" or the cliché "Karma's a b!*ch" can be found on newsfeeds daily. If you know a serial vaguebooker, avoid at all costs.
4) Inspirational quotes
￼Usually found on the profiles of heartbroken girls who've never gotten over that guy from two years ago, or the gym bunny who's just completed their third workout... of the day. Inspirational quotes have steadily become uninteresting and uninspiring. Feel free to share something that truly inspires you and your 'journey', but sharing every quote you like, every minute, is a tad overwhelming. Maybe stick to your daily diary.
5) The foodie
￼Everyone has that one friend whose profile consists of showing off their latest culinary delights or checking into a fancy restaurant. Yes, your homemade Nando's looks good enough to eat, but we’re still thinking about your breakfast from three days ago. These friends would definitely be more welcome on Instagram.
6) TMI (too much information)
Your profile is your profile, free for you to share anything and everything you want. But posting publicly about private or sensitive matters regarding your family, or simply updating Facebook hour by hour, may not be so wise. Some things shouldn't be for public viewing, so next time just keep it to yourself.
7) Share for "free stuff"
￼You're likely to see three or four of these on your newsfeed daily. 95% are made up to promote a person, company or an event, and let's face it, who's ever received a share of a billion dollars from Mark Zuckerberg or a free iPad from the legitimate Apple page? Nothing is free on the internet, and sharing online won't make one difference. Apologies, but it looks like you’ll still have to pay top dollar for that summer holiday.
Author: Harriet Brown