"Facebook makes me hate people."
I said that the other night, while having a glass of wine with friends. And, I meant 'dislike', because hate is a strong word. Mostly, it's because of the many, many animal abuse stories that makes me think that. But, aside from those types of stories, which I know need to be reported - and I support that - it's the ridiculous whining and complaining and airing of personal problems that really gets my goat. The over-sharing is rampant.
I use Qwitter, which tells you when someone(s) unfollow you. And, whenever someone unfollows me, I wonder why. I usually chalk it up to not really being relevant to the Capital Region of New York anymore - and maybe the unfollower likes to keep things local. Still, I sometimes wonder, did I say something annoying? Did I overtweet? But, in the end, I don't really care because I have my own reasons for unfollowing/muting/defriending people on social media.
I will say that I completely respect that people can put whatever they wish on their social media accounts. But, people also have the option to control what they see on theirs. So, here are more of my personal examples of how to get muted:
Update your status with your marriage/relationship problems...and then partake in arguing with each other on that post...for everyone to see. While entertaining, it's just TMI.
Post a photo of your kid on the toilet. Congrats, but I didn't need the photo proof. I would have believed you if you just used your words for this milestone.
Super religious and political status updates. I don't like to put those two topics together, but in this case, I will. And, again, I totally respect that it's your Facebook and you can put whatever you want on it - I just prefer to keep certain personal topics from my newsfeed.
The f-word. I just don't think it ever belongs in a status update. If you're that angry, you need to actually talk to someone. In person. Maybe even pay a copay for it.
With businesses/companies: Poor spelling/grammar. I can't take them seriously if they say things like, "Share this post now to get you're 20% off coupon!", so I don't want what they're selling.
Did I get everything? It's almost endless, though.
Hey, don't unfollow me after this, ok? Love you.