Ultimate Social Media Party Foul List – 70 Party Fouls of the Social Foolish

social media ultimate party foul list We  have all seen them or done them. The social media party fouls. We may want to think everyone is following a standard norm for social media engagement interaction and building of relationships. Bottom line, people are people. Social media is filled with people. The social media party foul is simply a fact of life on the social networks. Will they ever go away? Chances are high they won't.

So what can we do about them? I say have fun with them. Here is a short list of 70 party fouls. Now the big question is… can you admit you have done or still do at least a few of these?

  1. Using the egg as your permanent avatar  / profile photo on Twitter.
  2. Using a cat photo as your permanent avatar on Facebook but expecting strangers to accept your friend request.
  3. Using a cat photo as your permanent avatar combined with a similar shot of cat as your cover photo and still expecting strangers to accept your friend request.
  4. Beg for Facebook likes on Twitter (or anywhere).
  5. Beg for Twitter follows on Facebook.
  6. Auto tweet every Facebook post to Twitter.
  7. Auto post every Twitter tweet to Facebook.
  8. Thank every new “liker” on Facebook via a tweet on Twitter.
  9. Twitter auto direct messages (DM.)
  10. SEO companies begging to guest blog on your top ranked site linking to their low ranked site after Google's Panda update.
  11. SEO companies begging for paid placement on your social business blog of links and ads to their own blog or that of their client drug addiction site.
  12. Startup tech companies begging via your web form to be their new “partner” to test their new product. However, first step is you must purchase the Gold subscription.
  13. Using your personal Facebook page as a business page and spam haven.
  14. Asking to be my friend from both your Facebook business page setup as a personal profile and your real Facebook profile.
  15. Asking to by my friend from any personal Facebook profile with a business logo as the avatar/ photo.
  16. Purchasing Twitter followers and Facebook likes and then thinking you have real “social proof.”
  17. Helping others purchase Twitter followers and Facebook likes to help them get “social proof” so they can sell their awesome social media consulting services.
  18. Complaining about your clients on Twitter and Facebook constantly.
  19. Ruining your child's reputation for getting a job before they are even 15 because of how bad you talk about them on Facebook. I'm tired of seeing the messy pictures of their room already.
  20. Posting photos of cats 24/7.
  21. Posting the same photos of your feet on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and tweeting them several times throughout the day.
  22. Tweeting drunk and bragging about tweeting drunk on Twitter.
  23. QRC code as your avatar photo on Facebook or Twitter (or any network for that matter.)
  24. Logo as your avatar on your personal Facebook page being used for business (in violation of Facebook terms.)
  25. Not having a clue that there are Facebook terms clearly stating you can not use a personal Facebook profile as a business profile.
  26. Sharing status updates complaining of your broken relationships constantly.
  27. Constantly telling us on Facebook how much you hate your significant other one day but then telling us about how stable your relationship is the next.
  28. Using foul language constantly.
  29. social media multiple personaHaving blatant multiple personas and Twitter profiles such as professional business persona, crazy party guy or girl persona, and half naked rated XX persona all while tweeting daily tips for how to have integrity, character and be successful in business.
  30. Sharing every single check-in on Foursquare to Twitter and Facebook.
  31. Sharing every +k you give and receive.
  32. Thanking every person who tweets you via a single tweet to get your Klout score up.
  33. Only conversing with people with high influence scores.
  34. Thinking there is only one way to do social media, which is your way or the highway.
  35.  #Using a #hashtag #for #anything #and #everything #on #every #social #network.
  36. Spamming me with a link to your blog when we have first met on Twitter or Facebook.
  37. Spamming me on LinkedIn with your product or service immediately after I accept your connection.
  38. Spamming me about your product or service on LinkedIn but not even taking the time to tell me what your product or service is.
  39. Expecting me to retweet your video, blog just because you ask with no respect for my community or business.
  40. Being a city, state or county government agency and spamming your Twitter stream begging for people to share a video or blog link about your city.
  41. Completely missing the point of the need to build relationships via social media.
  42. Ignoring the fact that it is good content people like to read and share with their friends and colleagues.
  43. Ignoring every norm there is on the social networks.
  44. Expecting more than you give.
  45. Begging me to like your Facebook page immediately after I follow you on Twitter.
  46. Broken buttons and links all over your website.
  47. Neon website flashes and screams loud music on front page.
  48. Facebook button on your website that links to Facebook.com.
  49. Blog filled with only tweets.
  50. Virus warnings constantly appear when visiting your website.
  51. Being out with friends, going to the restroom for 15 minutes and then tweeting & conversing them from the toilet.
  52. Arguing about a blog post or title via Twitter without ever reading the blog post.
  53. Acting like a jerk or troll on Twitter, Facebook or any other social network just because you can.
  54. cut social media spamSpamming links to your fundraiser 24/7.
  55. Spamming LinkedIn groups daily.
  56. Using a photo of yourself in a bikini in 12th grade as your avatar / profile photo on all social networks.
  57. Constantly posting photos of yourself in a bikini in 12th grade to remind everyone how beautiful you are and use to be.
  58. Playing games on Facebook and sharing your wins, treasures, and medals on purpose 24/7.
  59. Inviting me to play poker or any other game on Facebook daily.
  60. Being a negative Nelly or Debby downer 24/7. We know your life sucks because you tell us such 24/7. Spare us the constant complaining please.
  61. Tagging a gazillion people in photos on Facebook constantly so you can get “likes” and raise your Klout and other influence scores.
  62. Tweeting into tweet chats the last 2 minutes with canned quotes just so you can get retweets and show up on the transcripts.
  63. Tweeting into tweet chats and getting mad within 2 minutes that you are not the center of attention.
  64. Spamming the same tweet over and over and over all day, every day.
  65. Setting your grandma, grandpa, mom and 2 yr old son up on Facebook so you can get some more Facebook likes.
  66. Logging in as your granny, son and mom and liking all your own posts daily.
  67. Tweeting this to your friends and not admitting you have done at least 5 of these during your social media life time.
  68. Not retweeting this to your friends.
  69. Tweeting this post and telling me I had too many tips. Come on, it's just for fun and took literally 15 minutes too write.
  70. Having only 69 party fouls but stating the list has 70. Hmmm… maybe this counts as a foul so we really have 70?

What party fouls did I miss? Please add your own!

Ultimate Social Media Tip of the Day: Remember, there is only ONE way to do social media and that is the way that works for YOU and YOUR business, period!


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  1. PamMktgNut September 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    @BethRosen hey thanks Beth! Happy Sunday! 🙂

  2. SheilaStarkey13 September 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Pam, this is a very thorough list. Another one is posting to your Facebook page and then sharing on your profile immediately. For those who are both a friend and follower, it is redundant. However, waiting a few hours or even the following day to share to your profile can give you more exposure. (And, of course some take it further and post to Twitter accounts that are linked to Facebook as well, which shows 3 times in a person’s news feed!)

    • PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

       @SheilaStarkey13 Good one! I am even guilty of that one sometimes. Bad I know!!! 

  3. moneyball2012 September 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    @MelissaOnline @PamMktgNut
    Today weather is typhoon in japan.

  4. jsncruz September 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Brilliant list! 😀 Had a good time laughing as I see my FB news feed receive exactly some of the items here :))

    • PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

       @jsncruz Ha ha… glad I made you laugh. Have a great rest of your day! 

  5. NKEllison October 1, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Haha love it Pam! This s the sort of list I would write! 🙂

    • PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

       @NKEllison Awesome. I write these lists every once in awhile for fun. They usually brew on my iphone evernote for a month or more before publishing. Will have to check out your blog too! Thanks for taking time to read and stop by to comment! 🙂

  6. MZazeela October 1, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Hilarious list Pam.
    I suppose it proves nothing more than people are going to be people no matter the venue. All of these faux pas happen all the time. Whether at business networking events, social events, your office, etc.
    There are those who get it, those who are learning to get it, those who never will, and those who don’t care. I bet we all know someone who likely commits all 70! 🙂

  7. pamsorted October 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    @PamMktgNut Great list!

  8. AshleyLHend October 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    @PamMktgNut Funny list! And oh so true.

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  10. MarciJames October 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    @nikkibeauchamp That sounds like a fun book. Let me know what you think once you’ve finished!

    • NikkiBeauchamp October 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      @MarciJames what book ?

  11. Chya October 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    @markwschaefer @PamMktgNut Brilliant article! 🙂

  12. AzHip October 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Ok maybe one or two but that is it I swear!  Thank you for sharing. 

  13. Tami Cannizzaro October 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Brilliant Pam.  I may just print this and hang on my wall.  My favorite it the ‘egg’.   I mean why bother?  Have you no pride or purpose:)?  Great list!!

    • MZazeela October 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

       @Tami Cannizzaro Don’t understand. People  on Linkedin or Twitter who have the egg as their profile photo or avatar. Isn’t the whole point of networking about connecting with others. How can one develop any kind of connection with someone who is faceless?
      Similarly, are the profile pics or avatars that are inanimate objects or photos of cats or dogs. I would have little interest interacting with someone’s kitchen appliances or a pet. 🙂

      • PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

         @MZazeela  I agree! I am getting a lot of cat friend request on Facebook. Some of them are even meowing pretty loud why I am not accepting their friendships. Seriously?! I just don’t get it!  @Tami Cannizzaro  

    • PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

       @Tami Cannizzaro  Go for it! We might even be able to create you a gold plated one! Yes, the egg… need I say more? I think not! ha

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  15. Positively Jewls October 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Lmao, Very cool article… Many of these are true and I have to say I am guity of two but that isn’t to bad. 🙂

  16. Socialishnet October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Hey @jeffxnelson! Such a good article! It’s amazing how often we see these happening!

  17. JeffxNelson October 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for RT @Josecavd @PamMktgNut

  18. Rantitude October 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Amen my fellow Nut!  Great rant!

  19. PamMktgNut October 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    @DaveRGallant thanks Dave!!

    • DaveRGallant October 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      @PamMktgNut My pleasure!

  20. PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good one! I am even guilty of that one sometimes. Bad I know!!! 

  21. PamMktgNut October 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    @iggypintado thanks Iggy!!

    • iggypintado October 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      @PamMktgNut Most welcome Pam #loveyourwork

  22. GPtekkie October 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    @uinvitedu hilarious, sad and so true all at the same time! TY

  23. kathikruse October 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    #52 is very special. This happens to me at least once a week. I’m so happy to laugh about it now. Thanks Pam, love this!!

  24. kathikruse October 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    @KPAonline Thx for the RT! Cc: @PamMktgNut

  25. wordwhacker October 31, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Fantastic list, Pam. I might have added asking people who have unfollowed you (like perfect strangers) why they did that.

  26. Andy216 October 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    @PamMktgNut Thankfully I am innocent on these! Fun list. I see many of them daily.

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