Social media disasters: internet etiquette

Story by Alex O'Gorman, staff writer

We all know that one person who will clog up your Instagram feed with selfie after selfie, or who obnoxiously live-tweets a movie everyone has already seen. Hopefully, this guide will prevent you from becoming that person, or, if you have already reached that level, help you redeem yourself from the depths of Annoying Social Media Underworld.

  1. Don’t T.M.I.

No one wants to know nor cares about whether you just put turkey or ham on your sandwich. There are more important things in life than the fact that your dog just ate its own vomit. A piece of advice to all you tmi-ers out there: Twitter has a direct message feature. Use it.

  1. Don’t get personal

Despite what Greg from a vague unnamed city in Europe might tell you, he does not want your address to mail you cool foreign candy. As one popular phrase goes, check yourself self before you give strangers personal and dangerous information about yourself.

  1. Don’t be a jerk

Think really hard about that YouTube comment before you click post. I know your first and most tempting thought is most likely about how many overly-politically correct nerds you’re going to roast up with this comment, but take a second more to ask yourself some questions. Is this relevant to the video? Is this unnecessarily mean? Does anyone really care about my opinion on this topic? If you answered no to any of those, you probably should refrain from sharing your thoughts.

  1. Don’t spam

For anyone not as acquainted with internet slang, spam is not in reference to the canned meat, but is just as gross. Most spam that cannot be linked with a virus takes place on Facebook and Instagram in the form of ‘tbh posts.’ Someone will post a status or photo that basically states “Like this and I will give my opinion about you.” This bizarre exchange of goods and services is possibly more pointless than the website We Heart It.