Someone had a bunch of teenagers explain how to be “cool” on social media. Here are seven rules to follow . . . and none them are about Facebook, because teens just don’t care. Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are where it’s at.
1. Pay attention to your “following” to “followers” ratio. You should have at least twice as many followers. So if you’re following a ton of people, delete them.
2. Only use hashtags ironically. Don’t use them for any other reason. And stop saying “Throwback Thursday.” Apparently it’s lame now.
3. Make your videos short, and don’t post too many. Like if you’re at a concert, don’t post 30 photos and videos to the same Snapchat Story. It’s annoying and lame.
4. Don’t post boring photos where you’re just sitting around or lying in bed. Only post photos on Instagram and Snapchat when you’re out doing something fun.
5. Don’t end your posts with a ton of emojis. The max before you seem lame is three emojis per post.
6. Stop posting photos of food. You can do it every now and then, but not too often.
7. Don’t post a ton of selfies. It makes you look like you have no friends.
Ending Your Texts With a Period Makes You Sound Like a Jerk
Sometimes it’s hard to convey the right tone when you’re texting . . . it’s why we’ve all become SLAVES to EMOJIS. But here’s a tiny detail that can supposedly make a huge difference.
A new study out of Binghamton University in New York found that when you end your texts with a PERIOD, people think you’re less SINCERE.
Like if you were answering someone and wrote “Sure” or “Glad you had fun” . . . and DIDN’T use a period . . . the person will assume you actually MEAN it.
But let’s say you write “Sure.” Or “Glad you had fun.” And you DO put a period at the end . . . somehow that comes off like you’re being insincere. Which is kind of a weird test, since both examples sound kinda cold either way, but whatever.
And if you REALLY want to come off like you’re telling the truth, use an exclamation point. The researchers found that actually makes people trust you the most.
They say it shows how language is evolving because of texting. We can’t rely on social cues, so we’re subconsciously looking for ANY clues about tone . . . and that includes punctuation.
But before you change the way you text . . . the study was done on college undergrads. Maybe the rest of us aren’t SO into the hidden meaning of punctuation.
Remember last month when Facebook announced they were finally adding a DISLIKE button? People were thrilled. I mean, what could be MORE useful in an election year.
But now it looks like that might NOT be the plan. Instead of a dislike button, Facebook has started testing “reaction emojis.” Lame.
In other words, there’d be no option to click a thumbs-down to “dislike” a post. There would be seven different emojis to choose from.
The old ‘thumbs-up’ to like a post . . . a heart for “love” . . . a laughing face for “haha” . . . a happy face for “yay” . . . a shocked face for “wow” . . . a crying face for “sad” . . . and a mad face for “anger.”
Right now they’re just being tested in Ireland and Spain . . . there’s no word whether Facebook plans to take them worldwide.
Back in the days of America Online chat rooms, when you wanted to acknowledge that something was funny, you’d write “LOL.” If you’re under 25, that sentence sounds like complete jibberish.
Facebook analyzed every single post and comment for one week to figure out how we “laugh” online. Here’s what they found . . .
- 15% of people “laughed” in at least one post.
- 51.4% used at least one “ha.” So “ha,” “haha,” and so on.
- 33.7% used a laughing emoji.
- 13.1% wrote “hehe.”
- And only 1.9% used “LOL.”
Young people were most likely to use emojis . . . older people were most likely to use LOL.
instead of lol