Many people are hooked onto social networks now. Twitter or Facebook or something else – there are different kinds of users from shameless self-promoters to friend-padders to pointless babblers.
A recent article in CNN gives 12 most annoying types of Facebook users. So let us see which one of these are you?
The Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day Bore: “I’m waking up.” “I had Maggi for breakfast.” “I’m bored at work.” “I’m stuck in traffic.” “I am eating a sandwich now.” People who have their daily-life, broadcasted in social network sites, are crummy!
The Self-Promoter: Many of us have probably posted at least once about some achievement. And sure, maybe your friends really do want to read the fascinating article you wrote about horse riding. But when almost EVERY update is a link to your blog, your poetry reading, your 10k-Run results or your art show, you sound like a bragger or a self-centered careerist.
The Friend-Padder: The average Facebook user has 120 friends on the site. Schmoozers and social butterflies — you know, the ones who make lifelong pals on the subway — might reasonably have 300 or 400. But 1,000 “friends?” Unless you’re a big celebrity or just won a lottery, no one has that many. That’s just showing off.
The Town Crier: “Michael Jackson is dead!!!” You heard it from me first! Me, and the 213,000 other people who all saw it on TMZ. These people are the reason many of us learn of breaking news not from TV or news sites but from online social networks. In their rush to trumpet the news, these people also spread rumors, give half-truths and exaggerate modest gossips.
The TMIer: TMIer stands for Too-Much-Information-Updater. “Krish is heading to Hetero to buy Ring Guard for his pesky jock-itch.” Boundaries of privacy and decorum don’t seem to exist for these too-much-information updaters, who shamelessly offer up details about their personal life secrets and troubles. Thanks for sharing.
The Bad Grammarian: “So sad about Fara Fauset but Im so gladd its friday yippe”. The grammar of this sentence is easily guessed to be debasing. Yes, I know the punctuation rules are different in the digital world. And, no, no one likes a spelling-Nazi schoolmarm. People don’t care about English and its grammar, that’s OK. But shouldn’t they be compassionate on easy-to-type words at least.
The Sympathy-Baiter: “Aish is feeling sad today.” “Man, am I glad that’s over.” “Raj could really use some good news about now.” Most of these posts are not genuine bad news. These people just post them for sake of attention on them. Like anglers hunting for fish, these sad sacks cast out their hooks — baited with vague tales of woe — in the hopes of landing concerned responses.
The Lurker: The Peeping Toms of Facebook, these voyeurs are too cautious, or maybe too lazy, to update their status or write on your wall. But once in a while, you’ll be talking to them and they’ll mention something you posted, so you know they’re on your page, hiding in the shadows. It’s just a little creepy.
The Crank: These people are bad-tempered and ever-complaining, never met something they couldn’t complain about. “Ali isn’t really that impressed with idiots who don’t realize how idiotic they are.” Keep spreading the love.
The Paparazzo: Same as Paparazzi. Ever visit your Facebook page and discover that someone’s posted a photo of you from last weekend’s party — a photo you didn’t authorize and haven’t even seen? You’d really rather not have to explain to your mom why you were leering like a drunken hyena and French-kissing a bottle of Kingfisher.
The Maddening Obscurest: A bunch of eerie guys trying to build up a mystery around a silly issue, posting things like “If not now then when?” “You’ll see…” “Grist for the mill.” “Subbu is, small world.” “Rohan thought he was immune, but no. No, he is not.” They sound more hysteric than mysteric.
The Chronic Inviter: “Support my cause. Sign my petition. Play Mafia Wars with me. Which ‘Star Trek’ character are you? Here are the ‘Top 5 cars I have personally owned.’ Here are ’25 Things About Me.’ Here’s a drink. What drink are you? We’re related! I took the ‘What President Are You?’ quiz and found out I’m Millard Fillmore! What president are you?” People who constantly post such messages are real irritators.