There are numerous ways to irritate and annoy people in real life. But in the online world, blogging started as a place to speak your mind. Now social
media has become the top "flame war" playground.
Here are 12 ways you can tick people off:
1. You don't read the referenced article.
It's important that you not read the article you're commenting on. The best way to look completely ignorant is to make comments on something you know
2. You only talk about yourself.
The best way to not make friends on social media is to not interact. Don't be friendly or generous with your retweets, either.
3. You insult people.
Personally attack someone you don't know. It's also helpful to make judgmental statements about someone's character or appearance.
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4. You ignore comments.
Whether it's on social media or your blog, do not reply to comments. It's a waste of time and beneath you.
5. You spam people.
The best way to ensure someone will report or block you is to repeatedly spam links to your stuff. Sending auto direct messages on Twitter asking people to
buy and like your stuff- especially if you send them repeatedly-is particularly effective.
6. You disagree.
Even if you like someone, disagree with his point just to make sure you have the last word.
7. You call people names.
You don't care if you hurt someone's feelings by calling her a name. Free speech is your right, right?
8. You act like a bully.
Despite protests from do-gooders, you love to make fun of people and cut them down. Just because they are upset doesn't mean you need to worry. Wimps.
9. You send unsolicited and inappropriate photos.
By all means, send people pictures of yourself in compromising positions, particularly if you just met them and know nothing about them.
10. You scold people.
Be sure to tell someone how he should conduct his life. It's clearly your job. He's outgrown his parents at this point.
11. You stalk people.
It's important you comment on every post on every social media channel so the person you're targeting knows you are watching. How else can you freak her
12. You talk about religion and politics.
There's no better way to rile people up than by disagreeing with their values and telling them what to believe.
I hope you found this list helpful. Do you have any comments? Please share them below so I can ignore them.
Rachel Thompson, aka
@RachelintheOC, is a published author and social media consultant. When not writing, she helps authors and other professionals with branding and social media for her
company, BadRedhead Media. This article is republished with permission, courtesy of