10 Bad Habits to Stop in Text and Social Media Messaging

Avoid these communication mistakes!

I love my mother. I hate how she texts. Multiple exclamation points followed by rapid-fire texts that fill up my phone. And I’m sure she doesn’t appreciate the TMI texts I send that were meant for my friends. We all make text and Facebook mistakes. Here’s a list of what to watch out for before you send.

Excessive exclamations!!!

Your Facebook and Twitter updates and your texts are not as exciting as you think. Please tone them down. For more funny don’ts follow Fake AP Stylebook on Twitter.

Auto correct flubs

Check what you’ve written before you send. Auto correct can be funny, embarrassing, or very damaging. Funny if it’s your friend, embarrassing if it’s your mom, and damaging if it’s your boss. We are texting everyone these days. Check your work.

Over initialing

“Omg” and “lol” are OK in a pinch, but stop adding “rotfl,” “imho” and “smh” to everything. A few shorter words are great in text messages, where space is at a minimum, but stick with the English language in an e-mail. “Srsly.”

Wrong person–“oops”

You and a colleague are complaining about your jobs when you decide to text another workmate about your gripe session. But, oops, the text goes to your boss. Please double check your recipient before firing off a tirade. If sensitive or choice information is being sent out, think before you hit send. It’s not coming back.

Too many back and forths

This happens frequently on Facebook posts: Two people completely unrelated to the image or original post topic having a conversation about, say, the upcoming weekend. Get a room, people! If a Facebook friend is getting too bothersome, know what happens when you block them. 

Long text messages (or multi-fire text)

If you have to talk to someone about a great life-changing event, pick up the phone or write an e-mail. Rapid-fire texting is annoying, especially if the recipient is in a meeting and his phone keeps buzzing.

Commenting on the “single” post

Facebook is the new lunchroom. We all know when a relationship breaks up. What we do not have to do is comment and make everyone involved feel uncomfortable. Let some things go. A friend going from “married” to “single” is not your invitation to start cheering. Send your friend an e-mail if you want to know more.

“Liking” bad news

Everyone knows you mean to send support to a friend who posts about grandma’s death, but it looks creepy when you “like” the news. Write a condolence. Please don’t “like.”

Copying information

We use our social networking accounts for many things. If you’re looking for a job, you’re probably on LinkedIn every day. Don’t plagiarize someone else’s job description. Write your own.

Tagging an unflattering picture

Use tact when posting images. Just because your camera can upload dozen of images instantaneously, doesn’t mean they need to be visible to the world.

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