“An irritating experience caused by others in which you cannot control.”

Pet peeves, we all have them. Me personally, smacking your gum with mouth open has got to take the cake. Of course the perennial favorite always seems to be nails being scraped against a chalkboard.

However, I must be honest, in my entire life, I think I have only experienced this maybe… 3 times?

How unfair that this pet peeve gets all the credit when there are many more pet peeves out there that we have truly experienced on more of a regular basis.

Recently I visited http://www.getannoyed.com which boasts the web largest list of pet peeves. What, no scratching chalkboard? Anyway, here’s a brief look at the top pet peeves from the list:

  • Drivers who don’t use a turn signal.
  • People who read out loud what they’re typing in an email or letter.
  • People who drink directly out of the milk/orange juice containter.
  • Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side.
  • People who blame anything but themselves for THEIR failure.
  • People who sit next to you on public transportation even when there are other seats available.
  • Noisy eaters.
  • When people take 20 napkins, use one, then throw them all away.
  • Going through the drive thru, then having to go back when they screw your order up.
  • Whenever anyone says “Ya, know what I’m sayin”…

With life increasingly going viral, I wondered how the idea of pet peeves would translate in a 2.0 world. What I found is that businesses, self promoters, and people with no shame should take note if they want to build up a credible following of loyal viral friends and customers.

In a recent survey, I asked the question: What is your Twitter Pet Peeve?

  • offensive language
  • Automation
  • Irrelevant information – like “It’s Friday” or “It’s cold outside” – I can look at my calendar or out the window to see what you just told me
  • Inappropriate use of media, (i.e. – to solicit business from friends and family, OR OFFERING LIFE/HEALTH COACHING!)
  • Vague status updates, tweets [i.e. "argghh!!"]. Tweeting news stories everybody already knows about ["OMG... Michael Jackson Died"]
  • Too many tweets.
  • “RT to win!” contests.
  • auto DMs, no @’s in the twitter stream, no personality
  • People who thrive on arguing just for the sake of stirring up drama.
  • Retweeting: Someone who has retweeted you – or – retweeting when someone has said something nice about you without comment.
  • Out of context statements like “Well that sucked” or random inside jokes.
  • Classism.
  • My self not knowing enough
  • excessive ranting and “R” rated language
  • unending retweets of the same info to each and every follower you have, rather than one rt that should be seen by all of your followers – you in general terms not YOU in particular as in Gunnar.
  • People who promote, promote, promote their biz 24/7.
  • automation. It takes the personal touch when a computer decides what is posted and when
  • Twerp A retweets Tweep B’s praise of Tweep A
  • When someone goes on and on about something, but doesn’t seem to understand it themselves.
  • Don’t mislead me!
  • Long tweets that require an additional service like tweetlonger to read. I rarely, rarely, rarely click.
  • Automatic tweets where it’s obvious the sender was not actively involved.
  • People who FF everyone they follow… Every Friday.
  • Twitter parties and spam
  • Parents who tweet about their kids and then then around & tweet about their recreational drug use. Also just mean people
  • Auto tweets
  • Spam. Too much self marketing information, right after the other, from the same source.
  • curtailing how many people we can or can’t follow on twitter based on a ratio.
  • I don’t like when people use bad language!
  • Where do I begin? Shameless self promotion and no interaction/conversation are probably at the top of my list.
  • Constant selling or being a blatant ass
  • Most of Social Media is to invasive

Now of course, we all have our own pet peeves and you can’t please everyone. However, it is interesting the trends we find developing even in this small snapshot of responses to the question. I am sure it doesn’t take rocket science to discover that what is on this list is probably on a lot of our lists.

But, why does it still happen? I suppose it is one thing if the “doer” has already built up credibility with you and therefore a little random honesty is truly what was being felt at that moment. But, for those with no investment in us in the area of building a relationship, do they even have a clue or care?

  • Do you disagree with anything on this list? Does anything here cause you pause in how your are currently executing your social media strategy?
Next up: We’ll look at the responses we received when asking what causes you to un-follow somebody and what causes you to follow them as well.

One response »

  1. Jim Seybert says:

    Not using a turn signal – that’s HUGE with me (although I’m also guilty).

    Around here, the budgets are SO tight at local Police departments, that cops have been instructed to stop using their own turn signals to save energy. Either that, of they signal lights are all broken and they don’t have the money for repairs.

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