1. Letting Those Likes Get The Better Of You
There’s a large chance that you’ve at one point spent hours upon hours filtering and editing your photos in order to appear “perfect” or reel in more likes. Social media has now made it incredibly easy to get so caught up in portraying a flawless image in order to make yourself appear perfect and attract more likes and comments, which tend to mean practically nothing in the real world. You know, unless your job is to be an actual influencer.
Getting comments and likes doesn’t really actually make a different, though. It may take some time but by becoming more present in the real world will eventually lead you to realising how much unnecessary time you put into creating an image and that validation from people you’ve never met online isn’t how you should be measuring your self-worth.
2. Getting Caught Up In Negativity
Although social media can create some pretty amazing positive communities, unfortunately, it can also be a hugely negative place. Whether it’s jumping on the bandwagon of criticising someone you may not agree with, or who said something offensive or whether it’s receiving a surge of negative news articles or posts on your social media feed, being constantly exposed to all the bad things in the world can lead you to feelings depressed and negative, which could potentially end up seeping into your everyday interactions with family, friends, workmates and even your significant other.
3. Spamming Others
Trust is huge on social media, and just as easily broken as it was to give. Breaking trust can often lead to people retaliating by reporting and blocking you, or even “calling you out” on posts. There’s a wide spectrum of social media spam out there, including misusing hashtags, serial posting, posting the same content over and over again, click-baiting your audience, promoting your product, spamming comment threads and many more.
One type of spamming – serial posting, is often a result of overcompensating for lack of consistent posting in order to distract an audience on how inactive or boring a profile has been as of late. Instead, many influencers achieve a steady flow of interaction by creating a content calendar, where they plan out what to post, when to post, and schedule it ahead-of-time. In order to really boost your posts, try to do some research on what hashtags work for your area of content before posting them.
4. Feeding Internet Trolls
There’s nothing more annoying than seeing an internet troll, although what comes awfully close is seeing someone desperately trying to protect their brand—or rationality behind sharing something during the heated exchange.
If you find yourself under sudden hellfire on social media for sharing the wrong hashtag or posting something you shouldn’t have, don’t worry, it’s actually a pretty common thing. Why? Internet trolls seem to attack any minor mistake or comment. Sometimes for the right reason – but often just purely out of boredom. If you find yourself under fire and plan to respond, focus on acknowledging the mistake and putting out an authentic apology.
5. Tagging Multiple People In A Post.
Tagging multiple people in a post to get attention? Chances are we’ve all done it at some point once or twice to get our friends to look at something. However, there are some people who tag multiple people they don’t really know with the hope that they’ll jump in and like, share, or comment on their post, thereby giving it broader exposure and potentially even making it go viral.
If you want to build constructive relationships and attract more qualified business leads through social media, avoid tagging multiple people at once or you could be unknowingly creating an annoying habit that makes you look unprofessional.