I think it’s fair to say that all of us – well, all of us that use Facebook that is – have been on either side of this little situation: the annoying status update. Andy McDonald at the Huffington Post has compiled a list of what he thinks are “The 10 Most Annoying Facebook Status Updates“.
To save reproducing them all here and committing the cardinal internet sin of ‘duplicate content’, you can find the list in the link above. So let’s have a bit of an honesty session here – how many of these are you guilty of posting?
By my reckoning, I tick three of the ten boxes. They are as follows:
No. 1 – The “Food I Just Made/Ate Photo” Update: I like to cook, and I like to eat, so often I’ll post a picture of a meal I’m proud to have put together, or occasionally I’ll upload a photo of the Dominos that just arrived, knowing full well that somewhere there will be a friend of mine who sees it who will be massively envious.
No. 3 – The “Gym” Update: Unfortunately these a never as regular as the ‘food’ updates, thus why I don’t look like a cast member from 300.
No.6 – The “Vegas” Update: Not technically true for me, as I’ve never been to Vegas, therefore I’ve never had cause to post updates to that effect. However, I do tend to get very excitable from the moment I book tickets to see certain bands (Pearl Jam being the one where I turn into the grunge equivalent of the Justin Bieber fans that plague Twitter), right up to the day after the show, so I think it’s fair to plead guilty on this count.
So then… which of the 10 types of update on Andy McDonald’s hit list will you admit to posting? Or which annoy you the most? If your pet peeve isn’t on there, what is it? Feel free to have a rant in the comments section beneath.
Part of the problem with Facebook is that once you’re friends with someone, it can become very awkward to swing the axe and ‘de-friend’ them if their updates drive you up the wall. However, at least with Facebook’s Subscribe feature you do have a semblance of control over what sort of updates appear in your news feed, and from whom.