5 Facebook Faux Pas (That I’m Guilty Of)

I’ve written about Facebook before, but I thought I would turn the spotlight on myself for this post. As much as I like pointing what’s wrong with society (so much), I decided it’s unfair to give off the impression that I’m not guilty of any sort of annoying behavior.

5 Food Pics

Yes, I’m that guy that will occasionally–and I do stress occasionally–post pictures of particularly delicious meals I’ve prepared. I’m well aware that most people don’t care one bit. Basically, food boils down to: “Hey, there’s some food. I Guess I’ll eat it now.” For them, a picture of food is useless.

However, I like to cook, and one of my favorite shows presently, and for the last several years, is No Reservations. Frankly, I’m just proud that I was able to learn that particular skill set and feel some weird urge to prove it.

But, come on, like I’m not going to share this:

4 Song Lyric Statuses

Yep, I’m guilty of this, too.

I love music and collecting albums is a large part of my life. I think it’s only natural that it would bleed over into my virtual life. I guess I’m doubly guilty because often the lyrics are from bands most of the people on my friends list don’t know, giving off a hint of condescension.

However, I would like to point out I post lyrics from the songs that are actually good, unlike some of my “friends,” who feel the need to post terrible, and often misspelled, Taylor Swift lyrics.

3 Post Overloads

Some of you might have gathered that I spend a lot of time on the Internet. That, combined with my profession, means I take in a lot of information in one day–videos, articles, pictures, etc…

My natural reaction is to share those things because, “Hey, I like taking in new and interesting things as much as possible! Why wouldn’t everyone else?”

But it’s become quite obvious based on a totally unscientific analysis of my newsfeed that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for links.

2. Drunken Pictures

Yeah, there are quite a few pictures of me enjoying an adult beverage on Facebook. I assure you it’s not intentional, though. As I pointed out in a previous post, guys and girls use the picture feature on Facebook much differently.

Busted. I wish I weren't wearing that particular shirt in this picture.

My friends and I don’t take our cameras to Buffalo Wild Wings when we go to watch a hockey game. For the most part, we only get the camera out when: vacationing, doing manly things (i.e. fishing or camping) or drinking.

Now, without context, some of those pictures might make it look like I was pretty irresponsible in college, but it’s not like there were people all around me photographically documenting all the hours I spent studying, working and writing.

Personally, I’m suspicious of people who lock down all their pictures or who meticulously (bordering on religiously) untag pictures to leave only the ideal image of themselves.

What are you hiding!?

1. Passive Aggressively Correcting Others’ Grammar

You’re no doubt familiar with this. Perhaps you’ve been a victim of it or maybe you’ve just seen someone break after seeing a friend confuse “their” and “there” one too many times.

Please readers, hold your vitriol and let me explain.

I’m a journalist and fan of the English language in general, so I’m particularly sensitive to grammar. In fact, I would rather have an unstoppable nosebleed during an interview than mix up “your” and “you’re” in a tweet or status. Although, both have happened in the past.

So, when someone posts a status that resembles a 14-year-old cheerleader’s text message, it’s hard for me to let it go. If you’re not going to take five extra seconds to say something correctly then just shut up.

Also, I’m friends with a decent number of journalists due to my time at Mizzou. And believe me, you have never seen passive aggression (or dorkiness) the likes of a reporter correcting a copy editor’s usage mistake.

*I look forward to someone in the comments pointing out a mistake.

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255 thoughts on “5 Facebook Faux Pas (That I’m Guilty Of)

  1. travelingmad says:

    Lol! I am guilty of posting photos of food. In fact, I have an entire album dedicated to the foods I eat.

    I feel badly for people that are corrected on facebook. Give them a break. It’s not an English grammar exam.

    • psriblog says:

      Strictly speaking, you mean “I feel BAD for people that are corrected on facebook”!!!
      Only joking, of course! And I agree with you totally…

      • I’ve been guilty of correcting others, too, but I feel as though it need not be so confrontational as to provoke the ire of others. I try to make a joke out of it.

        For instance, a person writing “your” when they mean “you’re” could have said, “Your funny.” Turn it around with something like, “My funny is resting now. Perhaps you’d like my giddy or playful?”

  2. cmxstevenson says:

    Since you asked…

    “Personally, Iโ€™m suspicious of people, who lock down all their pictures …”

    No comma required after “people.”

    I dislike the term “adult beverage” (just an unsolicited opinion from the aged).

    Thanks for the post. Well done, as always.

    • Hear, hear! (And not here here)!!

    • hammerbro82 says:

      As far as locking down my pictures, most of mine are of my kids. There are some sick ……… people out there. Also, some people who happen to be on facebook that I don’t want to speak to, let alone show my pictures to.
      Personally, I think people who photograph themselves, for instance, riding a couch being pulled behind a pickup truck while drinking their beer might be better off locking their pics. Many people in my unit (Army FYI) have gotten in trouble for posting pics and videos of them being drunken idiots. Also for complaining about their CO or NCOs who are ON THEIR FRIENDS LIST!
      I like the term “adult beverages” but not as much as “beverages of an adult nature”. It is fun to occasionally and intentionally be overly verbose. See, that was fun.

  3. Roxanne says:

    I’ve never done the food thing because I’m cheap and wont pay for the extra messaging crap on my phone…but there have been times when I wanted too. LOL

  4. kianys says:

    Ha ha – I’ve been guilty of some to most of them myself with the exception of the food picture posting ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe simply because I don’t want to share my horrible eating habits with the world. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being f.p. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I seriously checked your ‘about’ page to see if you were a particular person from my FB list.

  6. I’m smiling and nodding. Especially at your last point — my boyfriend and I have almost broken up over the fact that I *sometimes* correct his grammar in reply to his status updates on FB. Or on occasion, I may ask him to remove a post and re-post it with all the words spelled correctly. What’s so wrong with that?!?!

    As a writer and editor by profession and passion, I consider it an occupational hazard…one that has almost ruined my social life!


    • Jason says:

      I agree. I guess the trouble with correcting someone in such an open forum is that there’s almost no way for your correction to be perceived in any way other than an attack. It’s strange how words — when they’re on a screen rather than coming out of someone’s mouth — take on a completely different meaning.

      Just like there needs to be an official sarcasm font, there needs to be a friendly reminder to mind your grammar/syntax/spelling font.

      PS: My pet peeve is the near disappearance of the word “too” in some people’s written vocabulary along with “you’re” and the correct spelling of “definitely” (seems like more and more people know things with such definite certainty, yet they can’t DEFINITELY can’t seem to spell!).

      • melissakoski says:

        sarcasm font sounds perfect… and your insight about the difficulty in correcting grammar without it being viewed as an attack. You’re too right!

    • pryan51 says:

      I personally really appreciate that I can delete a post I’ve made if I notice a misspelling, so I can correct it and post again. I don’t correct others — but if I repost something I correct it first…..

      • slytherinjessette says:

        Sarcasm font? Don’t know about that, but there is a sarcasm sign at the ready! It’s called SarcMark. Look it up! It looks sort of like the ‘at’ sign in an email. I would show it to you, but most platforms don’t support it yet. Just in case yours does, I’ll try it: ๎€

  7. V says:

    It should be “number”, not “amount” of people. (This comes of two English teachers as parents correcting me throughout childhood).

  8. Lastchosen says:

    You can post pictures of your delicious meals, as long as you don’t end with “Yummo!” then we will have to hurt you.

  9. drakonig says:

    Correcting grammar shouldn’t be necessary… Everyone should proofread their posts, even on facebook. Alas, I’m an obsessive grammar revisor as well.

  10. kitkatlikereflexes says:

    Don’t even get me started on “your” and “you’re”…

  11. talonwyrm says:

    Egad. #1 is right on the money. What better way to show you just don’t care about yourself than by speaking (and typing) like an underdeveloped monkey. Wonderful post!

  12. Lola says:

    I am also guilty of the food pics. But my husband and I both cook a LOT. And i am always being asked for my recipes. So I guess I just made it worse to prove that I only post food pics to brag about how well I’m being fed, or how well I’m cooking these days. I am also a girl, so girls night out pics galore.
    I hardly ever correct someone’s grammar publicly, I don’t want to set myself up for the same level of ridicule of my constant run on sentence rambling and often misuse of commas. Hmmm, self study may be required.

  13. Joe Labriola says:

    As I writer I’ve made a vow not to engage facebook while writing on my computer. I’ve found after much trial and time wasted that it’s the only way to get anything done!

  14. This is very well written, completely on point and quite witty. Keep up the good work and “Like” Us on Facebook – see if we can give you some fodder for part 2 lol

  15. Lakia Gordon says:

    Ok, I’m guilty! I will post pictures of the meal I’ve prepared. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  17. Oh man…as I was going through the list, I thought, “Oh good…I don’t do any of these things!”

    And then I got to the last one. I am guilty of that one. So very, very guilty…

    Great post and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. leahonlife says:

    Loved it AND I hate to say I am guilty of all of the above! The last point drives me nuts! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good job!

  19. hahaa we’re all guilty of this… ๐Ÿ˜›

  20. I do hope it’s intentional ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Please readers, hold youโ€™re vitriol and let me explain.”

    I’m one of those annoying people who corrects others as well…
    In high school, I was the dreaded peer-editor because everyone knew I would destroy their entire paper.

  21. Morgan says:

    Your vitriol.

    Your vitriol.


    Great post, I do most of these things (apart from the food) without a great deal of shame or indeed, thinking seriously about my future job prospects. It would be fine, but after even a couple of adult beverages I look like an extra from Waiting for Godot.

  22. Thank you for calling out the song lyric statuses! I have a friend whose status updates are only song lyrics. Does that mean he’s completely unoriginal?

  23. Bill Abbott says:

    Mmm, what’s wrong with pictures of food? I ask my friends on vacation to take pictures of food- in Italy, China, wherever. if they make it themselves, so much the better! But yeah, correcting other people’s spelling or grammar is kinda missing the point. We (collectively) should be happy to accept the rough drafts we get from our friends. If its from a stranger, standards should he higher, of course. :^)

  24. chelseavose says:

    I am guilty of alot of these! haha especially #3 post overload! I am on the computer all day so I always find fun things that I want to share. And sometimes I dont realize how much I do share. haha

  25. forgottenrosaline says:

    But if we don’t correct their grammar, who will?!? Something has to be done or civilization will never advance one iota.

  26. Carolyn says:

    Obviously you did this one on purpose–

    Please readers, hold youโ€™re vitriol and let me explain.

  27. TJ Johnston says:

    I perform a couple of variations of these faux pas. Only, I post music videos instead of song lyrics. Also, I sometimes mistype a word or forget it altogether, only to notice it days later.

  28. burkpkrohe says:

    Just so everyone knows, I previously had: “Please readers, hold you’re vitriol and let me explain.”

    The “you’re” was on purpose. However, I changed it because I anticipate a lot of traffic today, and I’m not sure everyone will get the joke.

  29. Sajib says:

    I have a bad habit. Every spelling mistakes come into my notice way earlier than the actual text. But I somehow manage myself not to correct people. It just makes them think I’m trying to be smart or educated. They don’t take it easy you know.

  30. […] to write another post, I briefly read the titles on freshly pressed and came across this blog post: https://burkpkrohe.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/5-facebook-fopas-that-im-guilty-of/. I have to admit I was intrigued, but quickly found that I don’t do any of these. By the way, […]

  31. graciehart1 says:

    I absolutely agree about people detagging themselves. You still did whatever you did in the picture. Detagging yourself isn’t going to change that. It’s just going to make you look like something you’re not. Why be fake about it?

    • sherbertbomb says:

      It’s probably less about being fake and more about protecting themselves. I think there’s too much opportunity for people to post photos of people they don’t even know that well on such a widely spread forum. For me, I look very much like Ricky Gervais in photos, which is a real shame because I’m smokin’ hot in real life (bahaha) so I am an avid ‘untagger’. For some it’s because they don’t want current/potential employers to see them in compromising situations. For all it’s a case of ‘your life, your privacy, your choice’ so maybe ease up on us ‘untaggers’ and just live YOUR life according to your specific set of rules?

  32. ukate says:

    Wait – you forgot posting a picture of a cat in place of a profile pic. Not that I’ve done that. Who told you that I did that?

    Great post – thanks so much for sharing. Made me giggle. I kinda wish people were *slightly* less share-ful on Facebook/Twitter/etc, but I guess that is the way of things these days.

    Congrats on FP!

  33. minnesotatransplant says:

    I enjoyed your post, but I think you’re wrong about the food pictures, at least for some demographics. As a 40-something woman whose responsibility it is to put dinner on the table, I kind of like seeing what other people are eating. It inspires me, and I love new recipe ideas. A far more irritating faux pas, in my opinion, is people Facebooking about how depressed/sick/hung over/generally crappy they feel (even worse is when they are complaining about how sick their CHILDREN are). The doctor cares. I don’t.

  34. Marc says:

    …. in what way are these faux pas? these are widely considered acceptable behaviors. mildly galling behavior does not a faux pas make…

    • burkpkrohe says:

      Yeah, but using the term “faux pas” makes a better title.

    • Anne Schilde says:

      Except for the corrections, none of these are near the top of my hate list, which starts with being pokes, spam, being D.J.’d to death, and all the pasted links from the apps I tried so desperately to block.

      [kindly] You need to let the corrections go, Burk. ๐Ÿ™‚ Facebook only recently just gave us a way to call back a message, and they’re their there (I still love this, PCC) is no way to go back and edit them. Besides, so many of these are auto-“corrected” messages from phones.

  35. Feit Can Write says:

    Wow – I did my own list of Facebook pet peeves, and didn’t hit on any of yours. That either means there are a lot of annoying things about Facebook, or you are much more tolerant than I am.


  36. pezcita says:

    The only facebook sin I’ve committed is not having a facebook page. Who would be bored or bothered by pictures of food? We see them all the time here on WordPress.

  37. fnkyluda says:

    Totally guilty of these things! Especially the song lyrics, and tons and tons…of links.
    Lately I do the whole “Check-in” thing everywhere I go.

  38. eritta says:

    Oh yes, I am blissfully, happily and greatly guilty! Especially of food – but I keep having delicious meals.

  39. Bryn says:

    I’m the one who corrects the they’re/their/there, definitely misspellings and you’re/your misuses. I totally sympathize with that one!

  40. hollyjb says:

    I’ve posted (or have plans to post) food pictures, but it’s only because I’m in Europe and some of these things I won’t be eating back in Canada. I don’t have perfect grammar, but I can’t stand when an entire message is in text speak with no punctuation (my sister…thought not as much anymore) (oh, and try organizing songs you’re going to sing for someone’s wedding when they send you a super long FB message sans punctuation and actual English spelling…). Is my comment annoying you yet, lol.

    Any pictures of me where I look like I’m drinking/drunk are all ‘fake’. Well, I’m actually drinking is some of them, but when I look the drunkest I’m actually totally sober and totally pretending. I think they’re funny. Like this post. ^_^

  41. praveen says:

    I like the last point. Hate it when someone makes mistakes in my mother tongue!

  42. thehazz says:

    I am not a grammar nut, but shouldn’t it say “Also, Iโ€™m friends with *a* decent number of journalists due to my time at Mizzou.”? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Also, I saw in your “About Me” that you are a Cardinals fan. How awesome are they?!? An exciting end to the regular season and I am looking forward to more awesomeness in the post season (a la NLDS Game 2 style).

  43. rae says:

    Ugh, I’m guilty of all of these, but I usually only post pictures of cupcakes I baked. My cousin even told me that he’s sick of seeing them and I need a more interesting life.

  44. I’m a grammar nerd too. I don’t always admit it, because then I come off as a hypocrite when I make mistakes of my own. I tend to correct people verbally, which I’ve been told is quite annoying. Hehe. I have explained the correct usages of the words “well” and “good” to my brother more times than I can count.

  45. I’m guilty of one food shot, but it was an unusual dish. Song lyric statuses are my pet peeve.

  46. What about the needless pictures of pets or kids with the sugary-sweet commentary?

  47. I always have to hold back on correcting the grammar of people, which is probably bad. Congratulations of being FP :).

  48. I HATE the facebook food pics. That was the motivating force behind me starting my cooking blog– I can now shamelessly post as many pictures of my homecooked meals as I want to!!!


  49. E. Wing says:

    I was JUST about to post a food pic on FB, because I never do it and was so excited about the meal I just created. Nevermind….

  50. tiffanybessa says:

    I’m guilty of all the above! Oh, Facebook…

  51. Jess says:

    I am guilty as well of correcting friends’ grammar and spelling on facebook. I think correcting them is better than what I really want to do…delete them. I’m too OCD not to want to “help” out a friend =)

  52. It’s less effort to make facebook posts in my head. That’s why most of my facebook posts are invisible.

  53. Fiona McBree says:

    Great post Burk!

    Photos of food are wonderful (to me) not posting the recipe is the faux pas. Ha.

    Since you’re looking forward to people posting mistakes I’m wondering, should the spelling in your “pop-culture junky” title actually be “junkie?” I’m just asking.

    Visit my blog sometime, I’m sure you’ll find TONS of things to correct. It’ll be fun!


  54. eliserae says:

    I once hacked my sisters fb and posted beiber lyrics. She wasn’t angry right away because she didn’t realize what it was. ‘For you I’d write a symphony’ isn’t very obvious to begin with. But when she googled it… She was so angry it was hilarious.

    Facebook has certainly created a new level of social activity, and it’s sometimes funny, and sometimes baffling.

    • rainnie76 says:

      Something that really pisses me off is when people hack into other people’s facebook accounts and write really offensive things (as opposed to Bieber lyrics, which aren’t really offensive, just annoying). My sister thinks it’s hilarious. She and her friends do it constantly, but I just find it rude and disrespectful.

  55. trendzonomics says:

    Jason “your” the best. You’ve “guest” it I’m a cheerleader….Lmao!

    Seriously, I really enjoyed your admission of OCR (Obsessive Correction of Grammar).

  56. Instead of pointing out people’s mistakes, I have actually tried positive reinforcement a couple of times. When a friend pluralized their last name correctly (Joneses, not Jones’s), I was so happy I commented on that and gave them an A for the day.

  57. Oh I am so guilty of the song lyric statuses… or posting anything in general.. I always pause and think “who REALLY cares what I’m eating at this moment?”… and I hate pictures that people post of the delicious food they’re eating. Especially when I’m sitting at my office… and can’t do anything about all the new cravings that I have. Gotta love facebook. Great post!!

  58. These are so true. It’s interesting that so many people think food photos are OK though – that’s my biggest pet peeve on Facebook because a lot of them are really simple dishes like chicken and green beans. Anyway, fun post ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. mooselicker says:

    Still doesn’t make you a bad person

  60. Pamanner says:

    Ha-ha, you’re one of THOSE people posting food pics! Thanks to people like you I end up craving meals that do not create themselves and the ingredients are nowhere to be found in my fridge/pantry!

  61. nikkimo85 says:

    I’m such a grammar police, too. Ironically, the “socialitis” comic picture in your post has confused “your” and “you’re.” I enjoyed reading. :]

  62. colinstevenadams says:

    hahahah This blog is brilliant. So true – im guilty of all of these, and you know what – I am so not bothered! ahaha! I love facebook!!!

  63. I’m guilty of posting food, especially delectable Italian food, like Nutella Pizza or the cookies at a Pasticceria. I’m also guilty of promoting upcoming events as well as my own blog. However, I finally smartened up and created another FB page that relates to my blog updates so my friends don’t “de-friend” me after becoming nauseated by one more promo…


  64. livforster says:

    Guilty of almost all of these things, particularly the grammar correction point. All so true.

  65. Beth S. says:

    I’m guilty of all these and I’m not ashamed! I was so annoyed by other people’s posts that I had to create my own Facebook page (Things You Shouldn’t Post of FB) as an arena to complain about it. I may be doing all the things you’ve listed, but my spelling and punctuation are accurate and I don’t repost “It’s Sister-Husband-Wives-Third-Cousins-Twice-Removed Week” garbage every five minutes. I guess part of the problem with social media is that there are some people who share TOO MUCH. Great post, though. I enjoyed it so much that I shared it on Facebook. TWICE.

  66. hahaha @ “I would rather have an unstoppable nosebleed during an interview than mix up โ€œyourโ€ and โ€œyouโ€™reโ€ in a tweet or status.” SO TRUE.

  67. opalsword says:

    Cool blog!
    I try to be as inactive on facebook as possible but the point number 1 is definitely one I would be guilty of! I just feel like if you’re going to share something on your status, don’t ALWAYS make seemingly simple mistakes!! And I actually love looking at other pple’s photos of food they’ve prepared.

  68. Isobel says:

    Well, I am guilty of 1, 4 and 5.

    I love to eat! Learning new recipes is a hobby I am now engaging myself into. So, whenever I create something out of those ingredients, I make sure that I take a good snapshot of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. joannedj says:

    Thank you for this blog entry. I now know that I am not alone. I am also guilty of posting food and drink photos. I also admit to having song lyrics as my status lines (on FB and on Twitter) on a frequent basis, even to the point of running lyrics quizzes from my FB status lines for the rest of my friends to join in with!

    I am also extremely guilty of passively-aggressively correcting friends’ poor spelling and grammar in status lines and I utterly cringe when I see some of my old classmates’ status lines and the sloppy use of so-called “English” contained within! I often wonder if I was the only one who ever paid attention in class! It’s not just their inability to differentiate between “there”, “their” and “they’re” – for some of them, it is as basic as not being able to tell the difference between “are” and “our”. I even cringe at my own sister’s failure to use apostrophes!

    At weekends, I might also indulge in some serious post overload on Twitter and FB, although I work full time so the rest of my friends are spared that particular offence being inflicted on them for most of the week!

    The only thing I don’t resort to is the drunken photos, because I am a boring, sensible person who has no wish to get drunk. Seriously, I have known some people whose behaviour when intoxicated is absolutely obnoxious and I have no wish to carry on like that at all. Ever. Well, at least that means there is one Facebook “crime” of which I am innocent!

  70. newsy1 says:

    I make written mistakes all the time. I don’t consider it a big deal on a format like Facebook, where most people are not really paying attention to the written word anyway. Great post.

  71. Eva McCane says:

    who hasn’t done those!? although i don’t think i’ve ever posted a photograph of my food. i think that says more about the lack of awsome food i’ve had than anything. good stuff. thanks for sharing!

  72. You’re post was so write on! Their are so many people who do these things every day. I am probably guilty of them to. Sew mini spelling misteaks on they’re posts that it gets distracting. I’m glad you are here to point these things out.

  73. Guilty of all..
    And when someone correct’s my obvious spelling errors I make sure my reply is worse.lol

  74. Foram Mehta says:

    Hahah! I have to agree with all of these. Funny enough, I’m a lot like you – I like to hang society’s dirty laundry out to dry, but usually I’ll try not to point fingers and throw in some “we” statements so as to imply that I COULD also be somewhat guilty of being apart of “that” crowd. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m a journalist too and I have to say – the grammatical errors drive me UP the wall! It makes me actually tick a little…haha!

  75. I limit myself to 1 or 2 links a week on facebook… There are just so many great links out there! I want my friends to see them all!!! Usually, if I find one I particularly enjoy and it’s more of a niche humor (something only a small group of my friends will enjoy), I will share it directly with the close friends I know will be interested. I never want to be *that* person.

    I’m actually not really guilty of any of these. Yay!

  76. lindseylooo says:

    I too am guilty of over-linking things. And I get so disappointed when I think no one has checked it out (or at least told me they did by commenting or liking)!

  77. drwebs says:

    Song lyric status! very guilty of this. Maybe I should give it a rest for a month? Nope!

  78. wakakaka … same with me

  79. pithypants says:

    I sometimes take screen captures of especially train-wrecked status updates so that my BF and I can smugly chuckle at them. Bitchy? Yes. But it keeps me from publicly flogging them.

  80. i’m sure anyone who uses facebook has done most or all of these things. that’s what facebook is for – to share you life however you choose to. why are these things faux pas or was that tongue-in-cheek?

  81. Uh oh, sounds like me :/ Although I try to refrain from correcting people’s grammar because I feel like it’s not really my business.. Although if I do have to see one that “resembles a 14-year-old cheerleaderโ€™s text message” I wince and generally un-subscribe fro their updates..
    Good post though ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. this is the first time i stumble upon your blog, cool stuff. gotta agree with the pictures, if you don’t want the world to see them, why upload them in the first place?!
    i upload photos of food i cook as well, i must say though that i get a lot of positive feed back.
    Keep up the interesting blog, will be checking back in later ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. hmm..nice writeup..congrats ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. abbylarson says:

    I do pretty much all of these (except the drinking one…I’m underage….). I especially love the last one. Before I correct anyone on Facebook, I always preface it by saying, “I’m sorry. I’m an English major, and you blah blah blah.” Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  85. Maureen says:

    I’m an editor by trade. So I have to hold myself back when I see grammar mistakes in FB posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. lolabees says:

    Hilarious! So true on many levels. My favorite pictures are the ones of food! I figure if I can’t eat something, I can look at it and pretend. Is that normal?

    I’ve had people untag some pics of them that I tagged. Oops– they stopped talking to me too. How should I know they are embarrassed about how they looked 15 years ago?

  87. Ammon says:

    Oops. I’ve done all of those more than once.

  88. Mariajose says:

    I do all except the drunken pictures, particularly because I have never gotten drunk but that’s a whole ‘nother story. And I correct everyone’s spelling, on and off Facebook. That’s just me(:

  89. menacepower says:

    Guilty of some of these! I woke up one morning and the first few posts I saw were so obnoxious … “I’m eating breakfast,” ” I’m walking the dog,” “I hate rude people,” etc. I was so annoyed that I decided to post status updates of every boring detail of my daily life just to annoy people … things like my grocery list, boring conversations with my roommate, etc. It became too much effort to keep up. The funny thing is that a lot of people didn’t even get what I was doing!

  90. Haha, great post! I take pictures of meals I have made myself. I post my favorite song lyrics. Sometimes I go crazy and post post post! I also correct grammar and spelling, much to all my friends’ annoyance. However, there are no pictures of me drinking, since 1) I am under 21 and 2) I might be allergic to alcohol. Anyways, congrats on being Pressed!

  91. Abigail says:

    In my opinion, song lyrics are okay so long as you clarify that they are song lyrics. Take for example: “I broke up with my girlfriend, but I’m all right. Drowning it in happy town tonight.” Real facebook status or song lyric? (okay. I made that up completely right now.) But then we get placed in the annoying situation of:

    Me: Wow, man, Totally sorry you had to break up.
    Him: What? No. Tiffany and I are still going out. Haha. You thought it was real.


    However, to break the grammar nazi mindset, you just need to get a touchy person as your friend. Like my brother. He posted:

    Thanks to evolution, I know have a good reason not to go out with a fat girl.

    I so wanted to respond (but I didn’t, because I’m nice, and if I corrected every one of his typos, he’d slay me and then unfriend me.)

    Thanks to evolution, girls now also have reasons not to go out with guys who can’t spell.

  92. arlene1027 says:

    it’s more than the your and you’re. I am not a grammar police but it makes me cringe to see those words at my friends’ wall improperly used.

  93. wellspring01 says:

    Yup. Guilty on all five counts! As a translator and reviser, it offends me to see how cavalierly people massacre their mother tongue. On the other hand, Facebook is a social, not public, medium, so perhaps we should reserve our reviser’s ink for the glaring errors published daily in our magazines and newspapers by people trained in language skills. I’m just saying ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for your irresistable invitation to correct your text, I’d like to question the use of “the likes of” in the last paragraph. I’ve only ever seen it used as follows: “The likes of you,” “the likes of which” and “I’ve never seen the likes.” I always enjoy learning something new.

  94. Jules says:

    Great post. I don’t do the food pictures, but have a good friend that does it ALL THE TIME. I don’t do the drunken pics either….am I just getting old!?

  95. I see nothing wrong with you posting pictures of food. I do it all the time, but only when it’s something i’ve made, and its worked out!

  96. Bex says:

    Great post. I think sometimes it’s just a matter of quantity over quality. I can overlook any of these things and occasionally do them myself as long as it’s not a constant stream of occurrences. And anyone who feels the need to update their status or post to fb 30 or 40 times a day is going to get blocked for a while, till they have some time to think about their behavior. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes it all just seems absurd and all you can do is laugh. We are seeing who can silently scream the loudest… “look at me, look at me!”

  97. basangsisiw says:

    As a self- confessed Facebook addict, I would say I am guilty of almost all except #2. Thanks for your awesome post Mr. Krohe!

  98. The Bus Driver says:

    I’m a grammar geek too. “Although” doesn’t take a comma (“Although, both have happened in the past.”) Great post though!

  99. victoria says:

    Oops, I do those.

  100. Yikes! So right..lol

  101. I don’t mind the rest so much, but food pictures are so annoying! Especially when that is all that some people post

  102. Hah! Yes I am guilty of spotting spelling errors and wondered just what you meant when you were talking about saving pictures in ‘think, plastic binders’…great post

  103. Nick says:

    Facebook is so damn annoying, as is 97.8% of the people on there! Honestly, I’m more concerned with Sports and Automotive updates.

  104. Ken Bradford says:

    Facebook freaks me out. It freaks me out for the reasons you give in your article.. It was therapy to read your self analysis. Thank you. I see my friends post their zany thoughts uncensored and I despise their wit and careless candor.As for me I write and wait. I take several minutes to deliberate. My internal editor comes to my rescue and together we determine none of my post is worthy. My editor is quick to point out that I just learned to talk to people face to face last year. Your words are balm for my social phobia and give me courage to gag my editor. Next time I may actually hit the share key!

  105. Kas says:

    Haha I love it! Too funny and too true.

  106. Alan King says:

    I’m guilty of numbers 5 and 4.

    I also love to cook and have no problems sharing photos of a dish I cooked, especially if it’s my first time preparing that dish. My friends are usually generous and either “like” my photos or stay silent.

    As for number 4, I’m not so bad with that one. Like you, the groups whose lyrics I’m quoting tend to be unknowns to most folks on my “friends” list.

    I really enjoyed this post. I’ll be sure to check back.

  107. justineem says:

    Your post is a great example of things that I do as well!

  108. The Kitchen Ninja says:

    The food pics really bother me. They always look so scary…

  109. makingup3000 says:

    Oh yeah, I hate the “what I had for dinner” pics. You forgot the “quote of the day” posts. You know they have to search someplace on the Internet or they have a book of quotes sitting by them that they just have to share. I really hate the ones you can’t read because it’s a pretty picture and you have to click on it to enlarge it just to read it. I’ve learned to speed read through my Facebook. Great post!

  110. mrbillmccoy says:

    Bravo… This is so on point, but you may have overlooked my all-time favorite… “The cry for help”, you know, the vague, open-ended status that will have all your 3,000 facebook friends rushing to be the first to offer a positive comment! Loved the post.

  111. Luther says:

    I agree with the last one and i often spell things wrong when typing. Its not really my fault. I’m usualy typing on my ipod. And when i’m able to use a computer , i have to pay my sister to. Yes i realize that thats rather sad and my excuses suck, but its true. This is a great post and i enjoyed reading it. : )

  112. mandymotif says:

    The only things I don’t do are food pictures and drunk pictures. Thank god on that last part. But you’re very right. Everyone and their mother does this. I also correct spelling and grammer. Ha.

  113. Jenna C says:

    Ah, I love it!! Haven’t laughed so hard at some “truth” in a long time!! Probably because I’m a culprit as well…especially when it comes to grammar.. I drive myself insane because I would also rather have an “unstoppable nosebleed during an interview than mix up “your” and “you’re” in a tweet or status.” If one doesn’t know how to speak then one must shut up!! haha, thanks for the laugh.

  114. Isko says:

    hahaha. Facebook people.

  115. shane peltzer says:

    I’ve done them all except the grammar fixes. Come on pictures of food and/or song lyric status as updates isn’t so bad right?

  116. Andrew says:

    I pretty much only paste food. If someone had invented foodbook, I would use it, but I only have Facebook.

  117. Candace says:

    *I didn’t find any errors you made but the cartoon you posted had a glaring grammatical error, one you mentioned in your post, “Your suffering from socialitis.” Hmmmmm.

    Congrats on FP.

  118. Sharp says:

    I feel safer when I just don’t use facebook at all..

  119. Picco says:

    The grammar correction and drunk pictures are forgivable errors. I think the song lyric status should have died when myspace did haha. I too posted them but come on, we’ve all moved past it haven’t we?
    “I dig my toes into the sand. The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue blanket.”

    Obviously not.

  120. leeschmidt says:

    Oh my word! this is me! Minus the food pictures.

    I wrote this about Facebook:

    You may enjoy it.

  121. Olivia K says:

    My grammer stinks sometimes, so I’ve learned not to judge. I do, however, post way too many food pictures. Congrats of freshly pressed!

  122. Donovan Hand says:

    I am definately guilty of the last one. Usually I don’t say anything but there are times where it’s unbearable!

  123. setinmotion says:

    HAHAHAHA two points.
    First off, loved the point about people who untag their photos. If its REALLY terrible, understand. But if its just a dorky photo or whatever, who gives a shit? If you’re friends with people on facebook who will like you less because of a couple of dodgy photos then clearly you shouldn’t be friends with them.

    Secondly, the grammar bit. I don’t correct people, but I’m studying journalism too and it really REALLY annoys me when people get their your and you’re around the wrong way. Particularly when it’s a fellow journalism student.

    Great post! Made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. I am no writer but I too have fallen prey to the dissent of many friends for my uncontrollable urge to suggest grammatical corrections….but I am slowly learning to curb my urge.
    I too have started posting pictures of food….and I think it’s a good way to encourage others to try different dishes.
    Not only did I find the post hilarious and true (of course) but I also liked all the comments you got. They were just as entertaining…..Congratulations!

  125. So true. Guilty as charged on almost all 5 points!

  126. I’m guilty as well. I don’t correct others grammar on Facebook, but I notice errors, especially when I do updates from my phone and it auto corrects something incorrectly.

  127. sarahinguangzhou says:

    Yes I take people off the news feed if they post pictures of their dinner more than twice.
    The grammar thing’s harder though. I got told that it was’fashionable’ and my objection to bad grammar was ‘because you’re old’

  128. jojopant says:

    I think that some of the grammar mistakes I thought had been committed in your post have already been pointed out. There is just one I can think of, to tell you, “As much as I like pointing whatโ€™s wrong with society”, I believe, and I could be wrong, that it should either be pointing out or pointing to……..

    Apart from that, great post. I myself have committed four of the five acts you listed.

  129. neverlandking says:

    Looking over the last week of my FB postings I am embarrassed – Guilty on all counts!!

  130. Grahame Hall says:

    Even worse than the “your / you’re” clanger is “ur”. Text-speak may have been necessary in the days before smart phones, but with full qwerty keyboards there is really no need for this dumbed-down language. Another of my bugbears is not capitalizing the personal pronoun “I”, or the first letter of a new sentence. I mean, is it really so difficult to hit the “shift” key? However, I seldom correct mistakes I see, unless I can do it in what I hope is a humorous way. I’m sure I probably make plenty of mistakes myself. If, however, I do catch an error in one of my own posts, and it’s recent enough, I generally correct and re-post. Browsers these days come with built-in spell checkers so there is really little excuse for some of the bad spelling one sees so frequently on Facebook. I know someone who constantly writes “truely” instead of “truly”, which is truly horrendous. I could go on and on here, but I think I’ll stop now. Food pics, song lyric status updates and the like don’t bother me unless done to death. Have really enjoyed your post and the comments that go with it. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  131. Great post! Congrats on FP! ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. ellengry says:

    Great post, and so true!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. benmykonos says:

    “For the most part, we only get the camera out when: vacationing, doing manly things (i.e. fishing or camping) or drinking.” This implies that the ONLY manly pursuits are fishing and camping. I suspect you have confused “i.e.” with “e.g.”. “i.e.” is short for “id est”, meaning “that is”. “e.g.” is short for “exempli gratia”, meaning “for the sake of example”. Thus using the latter phrase would imply that, say, shooting wild buffalo my also be considered a manly thing.

    And yes, I’m also a pedant!

  134. Missjlouise says:

    “If youโ€™re not going to take five extra seconds to say something correctly then just shut up”


    I’m hooked you have yourself a new follower.

    Please don’t follow me in return as I don’t want the added pressure of having to stress over my posts for GRAMMER ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. benmykonos says:

    Oops! A typo! I missed the “a” out of “may”. My bad, as the vernacular has it…

  136. this made me giggle! everyones guilty of one or more of the above!!

  137. Ambro Wright says:

    I will admit that I am guilty of #1 and #2. I have learned to control my anger when it comes to grammar mistakes, but I will never stop untagging indecent photos of myself. My Grandma is on Facebook!! I can’t let her see a picture of me sitting on a toilet in a halloween costume with a drink in one hand and mascara running down the side of my face!

    Oh and #4 is annoying, especially when I don’t know the song! Great post and congratulations on Freshly Pressed!

  138. saphster says:

    … a hint OF condescension.

    As you can tell, I’m a bit of a Grammar Nazi as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I’m guilty of all of the above. It’s fine; I still sleep like a baby at night!

  139. dothetrikey says:

    I’ve done all of the above! ahhh!

  140. iamleigabs says:

    Guilty beyond reasonable doubt! I love taking pictures of food!

  141. TEC4 says:

    Guilty of overload, no question. I try to back off, but then I look at a post and I’m all “But this is INTERESTING!” And I don’t delete anything someone has responded to.

    And #1 … oh, don’t get me started. I do QA/proofreading for a living and it drives me nuts when I see how the English language gets mauled by people who are a) conceivably well-educated and b) are presumably holding down a job where correct grammar ought to be a requirement.

    Nice article, though. Enjoyed it!

  142. Ashley says:

    I do all of the above! Minus the lyrics which I save for Twitter…

  143. The Germains' says:

    Cute! If you feel like you need a creative challenge, try writing a piece without the word “I” or its derivative ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congrats on making freshly pressed.

  144. Party Things says:

    Ha ha, brilliant post – I must say the Song Lyrics as a status update does get to me… why don’t people just say what they feeling instead of disguising it in a song, or worse, a poem!

  145. LiveRobin says:

    facebook has lots of limitation to post, adding friends, and more what I dislike. they should open it for wild use.

  146. meganchapple says:

    I can honestly say I don’t do number 4 and it really irritates me when others do but the rest I do all the time. If people don’t like it they can lump it. I enjoy cooking like you said so I like to upload things I’ve done. i thought social networks were about telling people what you’ve been up to and keeping in touch? Ever heard of FAD ( Facebook Addcition Disorder) ?

  147. mkglowe says:

    i couldn’t agree with you more. the best is when people crop out their friends from their profile picture but they leave the beer that’s inches below their waste.

  148. Posting your food is the worse sort of post you can do on Facebook. I don’t care if the food was immaculate and looks stunning. I still don’t like it!

  149. energizeyourlifetime says:

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  150. Seraph says:

    I’m just the slightest bit of a spelling and grammar freak,
    (I’m in high school, so if I’m not using the utmost proper grammar, do forgive me.)
    and my friends are constantly making fun of me for it.
    I text, for the most part, like I talk and write. Always.
    It drives a lot of people crazy because it takes forever for me to respond!
    In any case, I can sympathize with this entire post;
    especially the last part.
    Spelling out complete words is a dying tradition…

  151. Fuzzy Logic says:

    “1. Passive Aggressively Correcting Othersโ€™ Grammar”

    Sprachgefรผhl, indeed!

  152. Great blog…almost. I am a Facebook addict and blogger. Spelling snobs, like yourself, tell me all the time how I screw up. Finally, I asked my readers if they cared. They told me no. Content is what keeps them coming back. I am a writer ‘in trainng’. Thank goodness people accept me as I am.

  153. Guilty, guilty, guilty!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great Post! Congrats on being FP!!

  154. metan says:

    So guilty of No.1. Pathetic I know, but I even proofread any sms before I send. The thought of it going off into the ether with incorrect spelling…eek! If we were in the same room communicating with tiny written notes I would be returning them with corrections. It is just as well my friends are not nearby to hear my despairing sigh when I receive their badly written texts!
    (I did an entire blog rant on how annoyed I am that people have started using ‘bored of’ instead of ‘bored with’.)
    Great post and well done on being fresh pressed.

  155. pirottablog says:

    Entertaining post! Sadly, I am guilty of all the above. Jeez, it never occurred to me that posting song lyrics was that humiliating.

  156. Dianda says:

    I’m guilty to all of this. I feel bad now, Haha. Great post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  157. xdanicorex says:

    I feel like the last one here could be changed to “passive-aggressive statements” in general. Especially when they are made into a status. Like when someone posts “omg why would you even do that?!” or “Whatever, you were a bad friend anyways.” NOBODY KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT! I am guilty of it, yes, but what I hate most about these statuses is that, it seems like they expect people to respond to them, but people say “what happened?” they respond with “omg text me,” for all 6 people that respond to their post. Why post it on Facebook if you truly DON’T want the whole world to know…

    • Tara Fly says:

      Hahaha!! That irritates me as well…. especially when the original poster replies to inquiries with: “I’ll call you later”.

      Seriously, if you need to call people individually… DON’T POST IT! ;D

      Spot on.

  158. Elizabeth says:

    I was, at one time guilty of these very same faux pas too!

  159. Mendaxxx says:

    The food you made does not look delicious. I am not impressed -_-

  160. hadass420 says:

    I’m guilty of song lyrics in my statuses. That’s usually when I have a song stuck in my head, and the Facebook status keeps asking me what’s on my mind. Well, the following song is on my mind “[Insert song lyrics]”
    And I’m also guilty of correcting people’s grammar. I am also a journalist and spelling/grammar mistakes do irritate me. But, also because I’m a journalist, I am a strong supporter of freedom of expression, and if someone happens to make a silly grammar or spelling mistake while speaking their mind, I just let it pass, because the essence of what they’re saying is more important than how they spell it.

  161. jeaneinnor says:

    lol! i am guilty.. i post a lot. i don’t care what people may think. ๐Ÿ˜€

  162. Abhishek says:

    Mistakes apart, deliberate dumbing down of language on social networks is irritating. Needs to be checked before it changes the entire language.

  163. startedin86 says:

    hahaha it’s not fair to those who proofread their posts… only to scroll down to see “you’re” being used as “your” and “their” being used as “there”

  164. Tara Fly says:

    The picture un-tagging! YES!! I know a woman who routinely un-tags herself from any unsanctioned photo… and since her “official” photos aren’t very flattering, I find the whole paranoia rather amusing to watch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I do un-tag myself from those godawful memes of birthday calendars and cartoon portraits, however. Everyone I know seems to be playing with those apps, and twenty January calendars featuring my avatar is overkill in a PHOTO album. ๐Ÿ˜›

    One more picture-related gripe (as a mother)…..
    Incessantly posting pics of your kids doing absolutely nothing remarkable, funny, weird, or cute! Their status update must be,
    “Here is Johnny. He has grown 1/50th of an inch since the last picture I posted. He is neither smiling nor frowning. That bored expression will earn him a scholarship to Harvard.”

    I’m constantly questioned by co-workers and family members as to why I don’t post pictures of my children more often. I generally tell them, “I’m waiting for the little monsters to do something worthy of publication… or public humiliation.”

  165. jezibelle says:

    I admit it. Before I even reached the point in your article when you wrote about grammar, I was critisizing your grammar. (see below)

    “Yes, Iโ€™m that guy that will occasionallyโ€“and I do stress occasionallyโ€“post pictures of particularly delicious meals Iโ€™ve prepared.”

    The great debate: That vs. Who…http://karenreiser.suite101.com/that-or-who-a25049

    It is shameless and wrong. Not only do I pick out the (unfortunately common) “your” instead of “you’re” (and vice versa), obviously I am concerned with relative pronouns. If you can tell me what a relative pronoun is, congratulations, you are as anal as I am. (I confess I read and revise my journal posts at least 3 times before posting and then often go back again afterwrds.)

    Now that I’m finished being overly-critical…(because I’m perfect and never make grammatical mistakes – insert sarcasm here-)… thoroughly enjoyed reading today. Guilty as charged.

  166. Oh Yeah. Amen — especially to #5.

  167. tanyouyi says:

    I do often post lyrics from the songs as statuses; the lyrics really describe how I feel at that point of time so I can’t really help it… As for #5, I do take A LOT of photos, however the photos of the food are often taken with my friend’s camera; I am spamming her camera with those photos…and it was always her to upload those photos..Hahaha..in a way I contributed to that..

  168. NattyDee says:

    Soo funny about the grammar editing. I am a translator/editor and have to restrain myslef from screaming at all the ridiculous mistakes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  169. psychosiswar says:

    Food pictures are useless unless occupied a recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  170. I like your mindset. I am not perfect, but I also find myself correcting other peoples grammar.

    I feel the same way about pics, food/recipes and usefull tid-bits of information.

    Keep up the good work and God bless

  171. soonerdvm says:

    “If youโ€™re not going to take five extra seconds to say something correctly then just shut up.”

    Say it, brother! SAY IT!

    …could not agree more.

  172. Cookie says:


  173. Huffygirl says:

    So Burk, did you mean to say “…of which I am guilty.” ๐Ÿ™‚ So sorry, I’m a grammar nerd too, although I don’t usually correct my friends on FB. But I do enjoy reading bad writing and grammar as a form of entertainment.

    Interesting topic which brings up the point that FB for many is a forum to release their mindless blatherings from their brain. So if people enjoy posting pictures of their meals, internet links, etc, I think it’s “allowed”, but maybe not what one’s friends really want to read. Perhaps those are the people who are recipients of the “block all posts” function.

    I enjoyed seeing you on Freshly Pressed – congratulations.

    • burkpkrohe says:

      Yes, I’m aware the title is technically incorrect. However, ending a clause with a preposition isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. For the sake of the driving traffic and aesthetics, I used “that I’m guilty of.”

  174. Farida says:

    Tee hee….

    I am guilty on charges 3, 4 and 5….

    I update my social pages on my mobile most of the time and make many grammar mistakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. anelehcevan says:

    I love your ability to sound so serious in your writing, yet at the same time come off as young and hilarious.

  176. soyaletorro says:

    having a songยดs lyrics as a status, yeah guilty of that… but all I wanna do is have some fun!

  177. […] Other Thoughts, I read yet another “Annoying Things I Do on Facebook” post from freshly pressed and while hilarious and true, it occurred to me, is there anything good about […]

  178. So far I’m only guilty of the occasional song lyric status, but the freelance writer in me cringes every time I see poor grammar and misspelled words. Like you, I have to let it go. It’s hard, but no one’s paying me to edit bad Facebook postings.

  179. awomanforhim says:

    I was enjoying your post — these 5 things drive me nuts, too — and then I saw you’d gone to Mizzou. Now I’m enjoying it even more because one of my younger brothers is in the journalism school there. He and I have had discussions about grammar (total dorks, I know) and about the differences in the stylistic choices of our respective fields (he’s a journalist and I’m an English professor) — so this post seems especially relevant. I’ll be forwarding it on to him now!


  180. opewalker says:

    can’t stop laughing at the fact that you correct other people’s errors. you made me double check before posting this comment

  181. burkpkrohe says:

    I should probably note that I only correct my close friends. I’m not bitching about AP style to someone I barely talked to in high school.

  182. Ian says:

    My friend, you would be a fan of The Oatmeal (if you aren’t already). Grammar mistakes irritate me as well, but only because it showcases the ignorance of people I know (hey, I’m arrogant! Yeah, that’s new).

    Anyway, if you haven’t yet, check out http://theoatmeal.com/tag/grammar

    That author is doing his part to help. 1MM unique views a month and he’s posting fairly humorous comics about grammar. Worth a gander.

  183. Fiona McBree says:

    Wow, you changed “junky!”
    You’ve made my day, Burk.



  184. Ryan Hirsch says:

    haha oh god my facebook friends must hate me! I’m guilty of pretty much all of these, especially the food…but I’m with you, I’m just proud to have made something delicious! Check out some of my recipes : )


  185. y says:

    Haha… This is a pretty funny post. I can relate! I am also guilty of some of them especially posting song lyrics from bands that aren’t mainstream and correcting grammar and spelling. I can’t help it! I guess it has something to do with being a Journalism graduate too. I must admit though, I do commit grammar mistakes sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚ And oh, I am one of those who hide pictures from ‘others’ on FB and meticulously untag pictures that I do not like. I’m a privacy freak. LOL. I only share my pictures to my very close friends.

    Congratulations for being on Freshly Pressed by the way!

  186. armaitus says:

    This is a great post Burk!

    I had absolutely no idea that these things were Facebook faux pas!

    Especially not when posting song lyrics; I like to think I’m educating my musically mediocre friends by introducing them to better tracks than they would normally listen to.

  187. Awesome post Burk! Thank you for sharing!

  188. This post rocks!!!!!! But what about creeping on your “friends” who you don’t even like. I’m 100% guilty of that, I often ask myself, why do I keep them as my friend if I don’t like them? Well the answer, is so that I can creep on their lives!!!

  189. burkpkrohe says:

    A lot of people have mentioned other annoying Facebook behaviors in addition to my list. Remember, I only listed things that I do.

  190. lifespelledout says:

    I’ve seen all of these things just five minutes ago when I was on fb. Of course you forgot one HUGE one, which is baguebooking. You know the whole, “Wow…I can’t believe that just happened…” posts that require people to ask more in order to understand it.

  191. zoesays says:

    Pretty sure I’ve done ALL of these, except I am way too hesitant to correct people’s spelling/grammar on FB because the hostility just gets too out of control. I am a grammar Nazi underneath it all, though. So what I end up doing is Liking the comments when someone is correcting another person.

    Today’s pet peeve: “of” in place of “have,” as in “should of.” It makes me want to stab something.

  192. […] My Facebook faux pas (inspiration, thanks to this Freshly Pressed post) […]

  193. realanonymousgirl2011 says:

    I’d have to agree with you on the grammar issue. Quite awhile back I posted about the same issue – Pet Peeves. I actually saw someone misuse the word “board” and it went something like this: “I am so board today.” Really? C’mon! It’s bored! Bored!

  194. Edward Grey says:

    Guilty! I guest-wrote an article for another blog (which isn’t really an article) concerning poor use of English on the internet and in text messages. Maybe you’ll find it a fun read. ๐Ÿ™‚


  195. loc81 says:

    Awesome- I think I’ve found my twin ha ha. Your followed buddy- thanks for the read!

  196. goingtomx says:

    These are great…the song lyric statuses usually make me think someone is sending a passive-aggressive message to someone else.

  197. zimscribbler says:

    LOL – great list, and I have to say I think there are far worse crimes to commit on FaceBook than some of those you’ve listed. I do, however, have to agree with you on the top crime – bad grammer is one of my top dislikes!

  198. gaycarboys says:

    LOL. And the same goes for twitter. I’m glad so see I’m not the only guilty one:)

  199. You mean people are actually not interested in the food photos I put up? Geez!

  200. Great post! I’d much rather see links to Youtube videos, pics of dishes and pretty much anything else than when some of my FB friends complaints about the hot weather when it’s SUPPOSED to be hot and too much rain or not enough of it. Also if you can’t say anything positive but you just get on there to whine about your crappy life/ crappy day then shut up!

  201. waussau says:

    I have a friend that uploads every meal from his iphone #annoying

  202. I love you’re post.. I mean your… shit I’m just a cheerleader.

  203. petemdavis says:

    Guilty of all of them! Every status I make sure my grammar and spelling is correct just so no one can correct me!

  204. emilyadamiani says:

    That last one was hilarious!

  205. bzirkone says:

    Maybe already covered.. but shouldn’t it be ….(of which I am guilty)?
    Bad/badly- I hate that one the most – especially when used by so-called journalists and reporters. I don’t, however, believe it is my job to correct people on Facebook. It’s social media. I care less about grammar than people who yammer on and on and on.

    Good post.

    • burkpkrohe says:

      Yeah, someone else already mentioned it. I know it’s technically wrong, and I knew it was wrong when I wrote the post. But I used ‘guilty of’ for the sake of clarity, aesthetics and to drive traffic. The correct phrasing doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  206. Phoebe says:

    Nice post – well done!

  207. blogmefast says:

    You av so mani fans and fanettes. you must av at list one tousand. yo’ur locky to bee educated. it must bee frustated for you wen pepel don’t know how to rite.

  208. What about detagging? Every time I come across that picture, the one where I look slightly retarded because my lip is doing that weird thing and the angle makes my breast look sagging, well if its hilarious I’ll keep it but sometimes I detag them…. Am I in some way portraying a false image of myself? Isn’t that me? Am I insecure…. no…. I’m pretty fucking awesome actually?
    Secondly, I’d like to acknowledge that I post picture of the cool shit I do online because I want you to know about the cool shit I did…. think of it as inspiring you to be cooler…. why the fuck else do we post pictures?

  209. Ahhh ignore all the grammatical errors above and appreciate my content… please

  210. LaureeOhOhOh says:

    I’m guilty too, lmao.

  211. -Pretty picture of some girl.-
    Kate – Oh my God, you look so cute, Mary.
    Mary – Thanks Kate. You know you’re more gorgeous. xoxoxo.mwahhh!
    Bonnie – Lookin’ sexy Mary! โค
    Mary – Thank you so much, Bonnie. We both know who's sexier out of the two of us.
    Bonnie – Shut up Mary, you beautiful girl. I'm nothing compared to you.
    Mary – No, really, you're so pretty. I wish I was as pretty as you.
    Steve – Ohh. I love your hair in this. I'd do you.
    Mary – Hahaha Steve. I'd do you too, honey. Thanks. โค
    Ellie – So hot baby! Mwaah
    Mary – Thanks babe. You're so hot, I wish I was a guy, so I could date you. xoxoxo.

    That is by far THE most annoying type of Facebook exchange. Compared to that, you're safe.

  212. shivanksood says:

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  213. This is awesome! Sadly, I am completely guilty of every single thing you mentioned.

  214. The only one that doesn’t apply is #2….and depending on which glass of wine I was one for my birthday, that may not even be true. But I was at a place called the Wine Bistro–drinking Coke would have been anti-climactic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We have a saying in New Orleans: “Others may only eat to live, but in New Orleans we live to eat.” So the food pics are usually a token from home for our fellow transplants and are and emotionally important as pictures of our kids. On the song lyrics, sometimes they say it better and shorter than I ever could…plus quoting quality music helps. I shall present myself for flogging the minute I believe a Spice Girl lyrical becomes socially relevant. Post overload usually happens when I indulge in my game addiction, which I’m trying to cut down…but mostly I’m a good girl. As for the grammar, THAT takes a lot of restraint. It’s not their fault, though…I am the progeny of an English teacher/reading specialist with a Masters +30 degree (in case you’re wondering, that’s maybe 9 credit hours short of a doctorate, so the instilling of grammar and diction was a HUGE deal), and sometimes it’s just reflex. Especially if the comment author is being a real Richard Cranium that day.

    I think I touched on them all….so at this point I will say great read! And no typos! LOL

  215. kalafels says:

    Wow…so truth…except not guilty for the drunken pix LOL!


  216. trialsinfood says:

    i was guilty of posting photos of the food i make, but now i’m guilty of posting the link for my blog of the food i make. feel free to correct my grammar.

  217. Tanni says:

    Great post! I also have issues correcting others on their grammar. =) I recently wrote a post about Facebook. Would love for you to read it: http://tannideb.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/the-top-5-things-i-hate-about-facebook-social-media-site-stalk-comments-grammar-error-poking-complicated-relationship/

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