It’s Halloween today and to celebrate this day of ghouls, ghosts and totally unrelated costumes, I thought I’d take a look at five incredibly scary social media facepalms. If you are guilty of any of these, you better watch out, the boogyman will be at your door tonight. Ok, that’s highly unlikely, but stop it anyway!

1 – Re-tweeting Klout +1 Tweets

Nonsensical ‘influence measurement’ tool Klout, allows you to give +1 points to other Klout users in relation to skills or knowledge they may possess. When you do this, it allows you to send a tweet along the lines of ‘I just gave @candyman a +1 on Klout for being scary’. I’m noticing more and more people re-tweeting these tweets about themselves in a horribly self-indulgent manner. Stop it. Nobody cares about Klout anyway.

2 – Sharing photos of your partner and classing them as ‘hot’

No no no. A barftastic practice if ever there was one. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever, just don’t do it. Plus, we’ll decide if they are hot or not…

3 – Constant complainers

I hate my job. I’m ill. The weather is rubbish.

Get a new one. Get some exercise and eat well. Yeah we know.

Barftastic! This is courtesy of my distant cousin in California. Thanks Evan!

4 – Tweeting from the wrong account

Oh dear. You’ve decided to have a small, 140 character based rant. You type it in to your Twitter management tool and press send. Your stomach enters your throat as you realise you’ve just sent it from the company account, or worse a client’s. Delete delete delete. But, wait, you’re arch nemesis has screen-grabbed the original. Ouch. Face firmly in palm.

5 – Thanking someone for including you in a ‘daily’

It was an automated inclusion by something pointless like, hotshot. Go and sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

There we have it, a little Halloween fun. Got another social media facepalm? Do share! 

Mike McGrail

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