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Vaguebooking, Clickbait, And Other Social Media Pet Peeves

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Yesterday marked Canada’s 148th Birthday. As happy as I was to celebrate our great country’s birthday, I was even more excited during the afternoon when I received the most amazing email I have ever received here at Canadian Blog House.

I’m over the moon, and excited beyond belief about it. It’s the best opportunity I’ve received to date. I’ve been doing my own little Canadian Blog House “Happy Dance” since I received the news.

But I can’t tell you about it.

I must leave you to wonder what it could be. I must leave you on the edge of your seat.

Or maybe you aren’t doing either of those things. Perhaps instead, you are feeling like throwing your mobile phone, or laptop, across the room in frustration right about now.

No matter how much you beg and plead, I’m afraid I just cannot spill the beans.


That’s right, I’m “vaguebooking”…or should I be calling it “vagueblogging”?.

I’ve given you just a tidbit of information about the exciting news I received, enough to pique your interest, make you want to know more, then left you hanging off the proverbial social media cliff by one hand. Actually, I’ve given you a bit more information than you would normally get when someone vaguebooks.

Annoying isn’t it?

Vaguebooking is but one of many annoying, frustrating, irritating, and nauseating things that we all see on our social media channels each and every day.

While online the other day, after seeing a few of my own personal social media pet peeves, I thought it would be interesting to see what others find annoying on their social media channels.

So I put out this question to my readers:  “What is your biggest social media pet peeve? Be it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (etc)…what do you see others do, that really boils your blood?”

The response was stellar.

This led me to conclude that there are a lot of social media pet peeves out there, and everyone seems to have at least one social media pet peeve.

Here is what my readers had to tell me:

Vaguebooking Clickbait and other Social Media Pet Peeves


“You won’t believe what happens in this video.” (clickbait headlines) ~ Gina B.

Or “You won’t believe what happens next…” (clickbait headlines)~ Lindsay G.

“Photos of lost or missing persons. If the police aren’t directly involved, then don’t share…you never know who may be looking” ~ Dot M.

“I despise before and after work out photos that are super posed, staged and edited to make the before look hideous, and the after glamorous. I also do not approve of parents filming their seriously injured child who is screaming and bleeding. Put the phone down and comfort your child! Last one: woe is me drama.” ~ Jennifer O.

“My pet peeve is when people complain about their kids and their spouses all the time on fb. GRRR. It’s so self-destructive and I always want to “fix” it, but I can’t. I just find it so destructive. A wise woman builds up her house, but a fool tears it down.” ~ Anonymous

“The “totally unliking this page” commenters.” ~ Lindsay G.

“Vaguebooking.” ~ Lisa Marie F.

“Auto DMs when you follow someone on Twitter. I despise those!!” ~ Shayna M.

“I can’t stand auto-DM’s!” ~ Nancy P.

“Drama, shaming, judging and attention seeking posts.” ~ Kim L.

” #1 pet peeve…people who sell wraps on Instagram. I accidentally like and then there are bellies all over my feed.” ~ Mary S.

“I think that my biggest peeve has got to be sites that post referral links (contests) to gain extra entries, especially when they don’t state that this is what they are doing and go on and on about how they are doing you a favor by running this site etc this really irks me.” ~ Gayle B.

” The ‘share if you have a heart’ posts. C’mon.” ~ Heather N.

“I’m absolutely sick of all the “skinny” bashing in my news feed. I have a naturally “skinny” daughter who doesn’t need to accidentally see “skinny” bashing if she happens to glance over my shoulder when I’m on Facebook. I am tired of seeing remarks like “give that girl a burger” or “real men like curves, not bones”.” ~ Anonymous 

“Drama, drama, drama…if you’ve got something to say to someone say it, your 300 friends don’t need to know about your personal business.” ~ Amanda K.


The list of social media pet peeves is virtually endless!

I agree with each and every pet peeve that my readers shared with me. In fact I even have a few of my own that weren’t mentioned:

  • Social media channels filled with a selfish agenda – shares that scream “me, me, me…and only me”.  Social media should be about “us”.
  • Spam accounts that want me to pay them for getting me 10,000 followers. No thanks, I don’t want fake followers, I only want followers who actually WANT to follow me. Who pays for followers? This just reeks of dishonesty to me.
  • People who post their blog posts/website info/events on my Facebook page without asking permission first. I am most happy to share many things on my Facebook page, but don’t assume it’s okay to just go ahead and surprise me by posting your information on my page. I find that rude.
  • Repeatedly tweeting for me to share your post with my followers – if it’s that good, you don’t need to push me to share it. How about sharing something of mine? I’ll happily go looking at your blog/website to reciprocate.
  • Not responding to my questions, complaints, or even compliments on social media. Social media is supposed to be just that…social. Don’t make me feel like I’m being ignored. If I have specifically mentioned you in some way, have the courtesy to respond.
  • Not following some of these social media engagement tips. Some are just plain common courtesy.

So back to my original comments at the start of this post.

Yes, I really did get that email yesterday, and yes, I really am super excited.

My apologies for vaguebooking. It will never happen again!

Oh and…I will share details about that email when I can. I promise!

Do YOU have any social media pet peeves? I’d LOVE to hear all about them!!

***UPDATE: This post was part of a feature on CTV’s “The Social“!! See The Social’s Social Media Pet Peeves here. A HUGE thank you to the ladies from The Social for featuring my post!!!




  1. July 2, 2015

    Julie Dyer

    Okay I am *dying* to hear your news! When can you let us know? In a matter of days? Weeks? The waiting is torture!

    • July 2, 2015


      Hehehe! My evil vaguebooking worked, Julie! Lol…your comments made me laugh!

      In all seriousness…hopefully by next week some time 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Do you have a social media pet peeve?

  2. July 2, 2015

    Amanda Manduh

    Whatever your news is, I’m super excited that you are excited, it MUST be great! I’m proud of your accomplishments and enjoy following your success as you continue to grow your blog!

    Re: VagueBooking, I have a friend who constantly does this and never replies to comment inquiries. Why semi-post if you won’t even elaborate later on? Her posts are the worst kind too, like “I spent 5 hours at the hospital, still here, not fun.” Or “Up all night dealing with hell”.
    Ok so she possibly needs some kind of support during her ordeal but in the mean time scares the heck out of her loved ones and never lets anyone know what is going on. Only for us to find out a week later through a friend of a friend it was just a kid with a cold or something totally not as scary as her post implies. I hid her from showing up in my feed long ago. Yep, attention-seeking-drama queens/kings are in my top 5 social media pet peeves for sure!

    • July 2, 2015


      Awww Amanda! Thank you! That’s so sweet! I was just thinking about how long I’ve known you online…since 2006!! Almost 10 years! WHERE has the time gone? I’m SO happy to have you following along on my blogging journey – your support means a lot!! Oh and….to me that is probably the worst type of vaguebooking. I really dislike when people post about something awful/distressing but don’t fill you in. If you are going to share ANYTHING about it – share at least the bare minimum details. If you can’t share more than just “I spent 5 hours in hospital, still here, not fun”, than please don’t mention it at all 🙁

      Thanks for stopping by Amanda, and sharing your pet peeve!! xo

  3. July 2, 2015

    ML - @20YS

    But I now I really want to know Sandy.. or I will throw my phone to my laptop!



    • July 2, 2015


      Hehehe! While it is exciting, ML, it’s definitely not worth throwing your phone or laptop over 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing!

  4. July 2, 2015

    Jenna Em

    I like your list of social media pet peeves. My pet peeve is people using the death of a distant friend or relative for sympathy comments.

    • July 2, 2015


      Oh that’s a good one, Jenna! Yes, I’ve seen those. Someone they weren’t terribly close with, but still want all the sympathy from those around them when the person passes away. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. July 2, 2015


    WHAT a great post!! My pet peeve is when I click on a site (especially for the first time!) and I’m asked to sign up! What? I haven’t even gotten to know you and you want a commitment?? Talk about moving fast!

    • July 2, 2015


      Lol!!! You make a very irritating thing, funny! I completely forgot about that – and I find it is happening more and more. I really dislike that as well. Thanks for reading and commenting, Jenn!

  6. July 2, 2015


    I had never even heard of vague booking before but just the description alone has got me all riled up – I hate that stuff!!

    • July 2, 2015


      Oh wow, Vanessa. You are lucky you have not run across that yet. I’ve seen some like Amanda mentions. Someone says something like “Currently in emergency room. Not looking good. Hope we don’t have to wait too long.” Ugh…makes me feel bad for the person, but doesn’t allow me to understand what they are dealing with. Makes me feel like I shouldn’t pry or ask questions…but maybe that’s what they want? I just find that awkward. If you aren’t going to share more details, don’t say anything. Thanks for reading and commenting, Vanessa!

  7. July 2, 2015


    I also don’t like when I get an auto DM after following a Twitter account. I like to personally thank new followers, so they know that it is an actual person on the other end.

    Congrats on the big news! Can’t wait for you to dish, Sandy!

    • July 3, 2015


      Hi Lian! I agree 100%. I find the auto-DMs are so impersonal. Like I’ve said, social media is all about being social. It takes 2 seconds to thank someone for following you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to read and share your pet peeve, Lian!

  8. July 2, 2015


    Haha! I have never heard of the vaguebooking term before. Great list of social media pet peeves.

    • July 3, 2015


      Wow! I thought everyone had heard that term before, but I’m finding out otherwise, Mary 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

  9. July 3, 2015


    Vaguebooking is my BIGGEST FB pet peeve. I think people do it just because they want attention and comments. If you aren’t going to explain something fully, why bother posting? I NEVER comment on any vague booking comments. It’s a waste of time.

    • July 4, 2015


      I agree, Ladena! I used to, but then I found I would get frustrated because, of course, I’d want to know more. I ignore now. I figure if someone wants people to know, they will explain in more detail 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing your pet peeve!

    • July 4, 2015

      Amanda Manduh

      lol I never post on them either! I just roll my eyes and keep scrolling!

  10. July 3, 2015

    Linda A Cassidy

    the wraps on instagram man I hate those, whining, haters, all the same lists as everyone else and I did not know vaguebooking was a word but yep drives me crazy.. And crap I wish i have know I could just post all mt stuff on your facebook.. I would have started that months ago LOL.

    • July 3, 2015


      Oh Linda you made me laugh! I’m so sorry you didn’t know about the FB thing, lol. Yes, it can be a big problem. If I let everyone who indiscriminately posted their promos on there, continue doing that, my feed would be overtaken. I wouldn’t dream of just going ahead and posting my blog posts on someone else’s FB page, unless they offered. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!!

  11. July 5, 2015

    Emily Marie

    Ugh, pay for followers is definitely annoying. They pop up everywhere now too. Instagram, twitter, facebook, spam blog comments, etc. I cannot seem to get away from them 🙁

    • July 11, 2015


      Oh I really dislike those ones, Emily! In fact, they are more than just annoying, that is a very dishonest way of increasing your numbers. I delete those every time I get one following me.

  12. July 13, 2015

    Randa @ TBK

    Come on Sandi! I want to hear you’re good news 😀

    I don’t like the videos of “I gave this bear a burger…you won’t believe what happens 2 1/2 seconds later”.

    • July 13, 2015


      Lol Randa! I’m starting to really feel bad now. I thought I would be able to spill the beans by last week, but I still haven’t gotten the ok yet. I promise I will when I can 😀 I can’t stand your pet peeve either! I saw one of those the other day, and the title was SO far off from what really happened in the video – it was anticlimactic! Thanks for stopping by to share your pet peeve, Randa!!

  13. July 13, 2015


    I’m so happy your post was picked up. You’re too funny to miss.

    • July 13, 2015


      Awwww 🙂 Thanks so much Margarita! xoxo

  14. July 17, 2015


    Yes, it’s really annoying when people repeatedly put me in their tweets with the expectation that I will share it. How about a PM just ASKING me to share it? Most likely I will!!

    • July 18, 2015


      Yes! I have one who does that and find that is it a real turn-off. I love to share but not when someone repeatedly tweets me to share their tweets/posts. Thanks for stopping by Misty!!

  15. July 18, 2015

    Kristine @MumRevised

    People who follow you so you will follow back and then they unfollow you. Thanks for the fun read.

    • July 18, 2015


      YES! To me, when someone does that, they are simply looking to increase their numbers and that is it. I unfollow those that do that. People who do that are not genuine followers. Thanks for stopping by Kristine!!

  16. January 20, 2016


    I hate those pop-up boxes that cover half or one third of the phone screen asking you to sighn up when you are halfway through reading their INTERESTING post. That is making me feel like not returning to it ever!
    Thanks for not having it here 😉

    • January 20, 2016


      I totally agree, Nata!! It’s just so annoying!! There are many ways you can do the newsletter sign up box. I’ll be choosing an alternative when I set one up 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Nata!

  17. January 20, 2016


    I am a bit late to the party, but how about those posts about liking or typing amen if you love Jesus or scrolling if you hate him.. It does not work like that! And I hate when people share things that are obvious hoaxes like lotto winners giving away money or Zuckerberg giving away money.. a little common sense people

    • January 20, 2016


      Yes, yes, and more yes, Tawnya! I agree with it all! I really dislike those hoaxes that seem to convince so many to share, yet if you do a little online research, or use common sense, you’ll know it’s too good to be true. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  18. April 13, 2016

    Curtis L.

    The video posts the comes with the “Wait for it!” phrase to suck you in. Ugh. I’ve learned to ignore them now.

    • April 13, 2016


      Oh that’s a good one, Curtis! Yes, I finally learned to ignore those but…they still give me the urge to click. Ugh! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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