What NOT to do in Social Networking Sites

Jun 15, 2012 by

Net etiquette do’s and dont’s have been written here and there and I guess we’re just full of it already. But it seems some internet behavior still bother us from time to time, so I guess a little bit of reinforcement and reminding is in place. What with our very limited attention span, these nuances can be easily neglected. Here are some tips on what NOT to do in Social Networking Sites:

1) Do not thank your likers… because it’s tantamount to being a digital KSP. When someone clicks “like” on Facebook, it’s comparable to getting a smile, a nod or a wave when meeting someone along the corridor. When this happens, saying thank you is obviously inappropriate. When you thank your likers (such an awkward word), it indicates how badly you wished they said something on your comments box. Unfortunately, they don’t feel provoked enough to type something. If it is really comments you’re after, post something really tacky or racist or something against gays.

2) Do not post quotes or retweet quotes without recognizing the real author. Do not plagiarize. If you really do not have any idea as to what to post, try to at least paraphrase or reword your source.

3) Do not RANT about privacy when in social networks. If you want privacy, do not go online — or do not sign up in these social networking sites. If you can’t help being left out, be smart and diligent enough, learn how to customize your privacy settings. Choose people you only want to view your photos or status updates. This will require due diligence an ample amount of patience especially if you have 4,933 friends — 3/4 of whom you don’t know at all.

4) Do not LIKE your own post. It’s just utter… schizophrenia.

5) Do not just reblog in tumblr. If you have a Tumblr, limit reblogging and once in a while come up with your own unique post. Be that a photo you took yourself, a random line that you coined, a prose that you wrote or any other whatnot. Contribute to the internet if you can. Come up with something catchy or unique or useful.

6) Do not overdo your hash tags. When in twitter, know how to use hash tags properly.

While you can post anything and everything on Twitter, know when you think you’re too much. If you’re sharp enough, you’d notice your decreasing followers on a regular occurrence. Although it isn’t the end of the world if some people stop following you, you sure would appreciate ceasing being the asshole that some of your friends quietly loath you for.

More Tips on hash tags:

Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

Using hashtags to categorizing Tweets by keyword:

People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords or phrases (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.

Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category.

Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.

Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.


7) Do not click on fake Facebooks Apps that say something like “Check Who’s Viewing Your Profile”.  These are fake apps that will only lead you to clicking their links or visiting their websites. In short, they are scams! And once you’re in it, you automatically become part of the wormed circulation. You will appear dumb among some of your smarter Facebook friends.

Should Facebook release such app for real, YOU will be notified accordingly. So, wait till that day comes — if it ever comes.

8) Do not a post a picture of yourself and tag your friends and relatives. Such act is obviously you seeking affirmation of whatever you want to affirm to yourself. Know that you are beautiful and you don’t need other people to like it. This is me saying it while under the influence of… Albuterol. Besides even if you do not tag them, they will certainly see your picture in their newsfeeds… No need to tag them all.

9) Do not invite people to play the games that you play on Facebook. Stop sending those invites and read the apps guidelines carefully. I am certain that there is a provision or an option somewhere that won’t allow the app to send out invites to your friends. Again, due diligence.

10) Do not neglect this post, share if you like. Kidding.



  1. Exactly my same sentiments Sir. Great post! (My Tumblr’s intended for reblogging HAHA)

  2. Willy Schott

    11) Do not share obviously outrageous stories and articles. Do a reality check; most if not all are just hoaxes and not worth of anyone’s attention. Please apply common sense, and maybe some minutes of googling, before sharing. Do not share something just to tell it’s a hoax, better add a comment to the source instead. And if you still have some time to kill, write a NICE personal message to the originator or sharer, explaining the meaning of “hoax”. Not kidding.

  3. Papul Jangit

    I really love this post Sir Bob. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about social network etiquette, especially numbers 7 & 9. It is very irritating when you log in, see that you have so many notifications, yet find out that majority of them are invitations to applications or games that you are not interested in. I don’t think that Facebook awards people who play the most game or have the most application, but some people just really don’t know when to stop. That’s why I enjoy clicking the “Ignore All Requests” part of Facebook. Hahaha… :)

    • admin

      In other words, they’re too bored or too stupid to know. hahaha! Actually, this post was originally written by my web manager, Yen de Felipe, so credit goes to her. I just embellished it a bit to make it more annoying. Hahaha! Thanks Papul! Much appreciated! =)

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