14 of the biggest social media mistakes to avoid

A recent survey by digital agency, GirlPR has identified the top social media faux pas some of us (okay most of us) are guilty of.
A recent survey by digital agency, GirlPR has identified the top social media faux pas some of us (okay most of us) are guilty of. Adam Ward

WHILE social media ticks plenty of boxes (convenient, entertaining), it's also increasingly a source of 'WTF were they thinking' frustration.

Yes, our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds have fast filled up with humble brags, first world problems and misdirected political rants to the point where we unfollow, unfriend and flat out dislike. So after years of social media scrolling, how have we still not learnt a bit of online etiquette?

A recent survey by digital agency, GirlPR has identified the top social media faux pas some of us (okay most of us) are guilty of. Avoid these 14 thumbs down fails...

1. Insta Feet

Whether an aerial view, a horizontal shot lying by the side of the pool, or at the beach of donning a new pair of sandals; feet are deemed very unattractive at the best of times and posting your tootsies is never 'socially' acceptable.

2. The Pity Post

This is the post where your friend feels sorry for themselves and want you to, also. Pity posts can be anything from "Why is the whole world against me?", "I feel awful", "Something terrible has happened" or "I feel so alone", normally including a few vague lines in order to evoke a reaction of concern in asking if they are okay.

3. Vague-booking

Vague-booking is when a post eludes to a present situation, yet, somewhat like a final series episode of Game of Thrones, leaves your friends cliff-hanging. Just tell us, already.

4. The Last Goodbye

This post from a friend indicates they are leaving social media for good, never to return with an offer of a final sayonara, bon voyage, adios or arrivederci; only (low and behold) to be back online the following week. #awkward

5. The DM Slide

Tinder and dating apps were created for a reason - to identify and connect singles with other singles who are keen to explore a relationship. Simple. Do not use social media to pick up or score a date - no one likes to be propositioned on their everyday social media channels, direct message or not.

6. The Airport Selfie

How exciting can a departure lounge be? Yes, you're at an airport. Yes, you're in the departure lounge, excited and sipping champagne. Does it warrant a share so your mates back in the office, grocery shopping at Aldi or picking up the kids can reflect on just how much they too need a holiday? Save the pics for the other end, people.

7. The Love Declaration

Here we identify the call out of a Happy Birthday, anniversary or love dedication to someone who either is sitting right next to you, lives in the same house or who will never even read your post - i.e. your dog or toddler.

8. The Confusing Relationship Status

If you change your status to show you have recently left a relationship, it should be mandatory to tell your Facebook friends why. It's complicated doesn't cut it. We want details, stat.

9. The Narcissistic Body Shot

Here we have the friend who wants attention for a not-so-humble and highly gratuitous body part pic; yet surprisingly is suddenly bashful about coming right out with saying, "look at moi". E.g. look at my necklace (code for check out my boobs), take a gander at my new bikini (code for focus on my smoking hot body) or look at this amazing view (whilst standing in foreground, partially naked).

10. Business Rants

If your business has a social media presence, it's sage advice to stick with messages that cover your core business. Best to avoid rants about unrelated topics or personal issues.

11. The Ugly Tag

No one likes being tagged in a pic where you look great but your friend looks downright hideous. Tagging 101 - ask permission before tagging.

12. The Ambulance

This is when your friend has a medical emergency and instead of calling the medics, feels the need to post the gory details on their social media, complete with images of broken body parts, open wounds, blood and guts.

13. Slacktivism

Awareness causes that are lazy and cryptic in nature i.e. posting a singular icon, alluding to a cause without outlining what it is. If you want to raise awareness, just tell us what it is and how we can help, already. Be upfront. We all haven't got time to solve the riddle. Ain't nobody got time for that.

14. Gym Selfies

Unless you fall off the treadmill in spectacular fashion, a dumbbell hits your foot or you are hit in the head with a flying punch bag and pass out, gym pics and posts are perceived as decidedly boring. Just. Don't.

Ashleigh Austen is's lifestyle editor and writes about everything from way-out wellness trends and workouts to genius beauty hacks and bang-on fashion buys. Fuelled by soy cappuccinos and carrots, she can quote nearly every episode from The Simpsons. Follow her for non-stop serious journalism (lol) on Instagram and Twitter.

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