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Here’s the thing about Facebook: when used right, it is a great way to stay connected with family and friends around the world. Unfortunately, way too many users treat it as their personal dumping ground, annoying the bejesus out of whoever’s reading.

Let’s take a look at some of the most irksome things people do on Facebook, which you should avoid too.

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1. Oversharing Details of Your Personal Life

Not only is giving away too much information about your life awkward for others, it also makes you seem rather untrustworthy. If you can’t keep your own issues private, how can you be trusted with someone else’s?

Yes, it is tempting to vent about certain people, but it’s best done privately.

Mumbai-based HR professional Preeti, 26, agrees. She adds, “One thing I am sick of is selfies. Nobody should be taking photos of themselves everyday, and then upload them on social media. Even if you are stylish or good-looking, so what? Are you nothing more than your appearance?

2. Failing at the Humblebrag

I think this one is most annoying than anything else on the list. For those not  in the know, a person is humblebragging when they are trying to be modest about something they have accomplished.

In reality, no one is fooled; everyone can see through the act, and nobody likes such pretence. If you have achieved something, simply announce it. No need for self-deprecation when one can be both humble and proud, right?

3. Poking or Video Calling Casual Acquaintances

If you are looking to lose some of your Facebook friends forever, here’s what you do: repeatedly poke and video call them. The result: blocked for life.

Seriously speaking though, please don’t do this to anybody, especially someone you barely know.

Just as you don’t like random people showing up unexpectedly at your house, nobody likes an uninitiated conversation. And don’t get me started about the poke feature. I still haven’t figured out why it even exists!

4. Spamming with Trivial Status Updates

Nobody but stalkers cares about every little thing you do. If you keep posting trivial updates, you might even find some people unfollowing or un-friending you.

Indore-based author Saurabh Das, 35, shares similar views, “This guy I know shares every single detail of his life, making me sick enough to unfollow him. Why would anyone want the world to know they had Lauki and Tinde in lunch? Better talk about Biryani!”

5. Going on Political, Sexist & Hateful Rants

It’s fine to have an opinion, in fact, you must use social media to show how passionately you feel about a topic or a cause.

Sadly, a lot of people rant such that they only attract negativity and spread hatred. If your words cannot start a constructive conversation and spread awareness, is there any point to them?

Before you post anything on Facebook, ask yourself: would I say this in person to a group of people? If the answer is no, simply don’t post it.

Apart from these, here are some more dishonourable mentions: tagging random people, writing cryptic status updates, checking in wherever you go, and trolling.

Your Facebook profile is a reflection of you, or at least who you project yourself to be. Everyone–from potential employers to distant relatives–can see what you are upto.

So the next time you’re about to share something on Facebook, pause, think, and post.

Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar

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