Facebook is great social network, but due to the overly bored and the extremely nosy, several very annoying trends were born and – I’m happy to say – have died. Following are the 5 most annoying Facebook trends that I’m glad are out of our system.
1. Pick Five
Because this is a list of five items, I find it best fitting to start off with LivingSocial’s Pick Five lists that were all the rave on Facebook for quite some time. If you aren’t familiar with LivingSocial’s Pick Five lists, they were those “top 5” status updates that all your friends were plastering all over Facebook – and that you cared nothing about. Popular Pick Five categories were things like “Five Items You Can Grab Right Now – Without Moving From Your Seat”, “Five Celebrities You’d Love to Punch In the Face”, “Five People You’d Bring With You In a Bar Fight”, etc., etc. It’s been a few months and I haven’t seen a single Pick Five list [Imagine me smiling}.
2. What’s your (fill in the blank)?
Unlike LivingSocial’s Pick Five, there isn’t a single development team responsible for the “What’s your?” Facebook fad. Obviously created to pry information from your social network, these surveys asked questions and – based on your answers – gave you the answers to questions that you already knew the answer to like “What’s your race?”, “What’s your religion?”, “What’s your favorite sex position?”, and other quizzes that were pointless wastes of time. Luckily, people have stop giving a crap about the answers to these surveys – as if they ever did – and Facebook has just about gotten over this fad.
3. How well do you know me?
“How well do you know me” quizzes were very similar to the “What’s your?” Facebook craze, but instead of asking you to identify things about yourself – that you already know – the “How well do you know me” quizzes were made by Facebook users to figure out which friends knew them the best. The really annoying thing about this dead fad was that friends could solicit friends with these quizes. Good riddance to this foolishness.
4. Movie compatibility quizzes
In an attempt for Facebook to market movies and spam your profile page with movies and music that you prefer, they – cleverly – came up with a viral ploy known as “Movie compatibility quizzes.” Movie compatibility quizzes asked questions about movies and -based on your answers – compared you to friends that had similar movie preferences. Movie compatibility quizzes also let friends challenge each other to movie trivia quizzes – and this is where things got hairy. Whenever a friend challenged you or beat another friend in a movie trivia quiz, you’d get an annoying status update and spam email to boot. I’m not sure how this fad died, but I’m glad it did.
5. Pillow Fights/ Throwing
As if “poking” friends weren’t enough; someone came up with the genius – stupid – idea, that friends should be able to throw things at other friends in the form of a status update. Somehow – probably because of revenge – friends throwing odd objects became very popular on Facebook. Examples of this weird phenomenon include odd statuses like: “Jane threw a box of rancid cheese at you”, “Isaac flung monkey poo at you”, “and “Tracy slapped you with a sock filled with mustard.” What could be more pointless?
For more read 5 Reasons You Absolutely Can’t Be Your Real Self on Facebook, The 7 Most Eye-Gougingly Annoying Facebook Apps We All Hate, and 15 Facebook Statuses We All Hate (But Post Anyway).
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