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A Bunch Of Random Blogging & Social Media Rants

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015

It’s been years since I’ve written one of these. I’m doing it this time because there’s a lot of stuff irking me lately regarding blogs I’ve been visiting and social media things that people are doing.

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I love social media. I love interacting with people. But some folks aren’t even trying to be sociable. Frankly, I figure it’s time someone called a bunch of stuff out, even if a few people who might read this are doing these things. Y’all are being irritating, no matter your reason for doing or not doing what you’re doing; did you keep up with that bit of Southern speech? 🙂

These aren’t in any particular order; I figure a bit of “disrupt” won’t hurt, and might even keep some folks reading and learning; I’m all about the learning piece. Here we go!

1. I get it with the captcha, although I hate it with a passion. You’re trying to stop spam; fair enough. Still, two issues with it. The first… why do you have captcha that comes in capital letters but won’t accept capital letters if we put them in? We do that because some blogs have captcha that says it’s case sensitive.

The secondary gripe about this? You hit “reply”, it takes you to the next page that says you got it wrong, then you go back to the page and… what you wrote is gone! Ugh! I’ve taken to copying my posts from this point on because that was irking me more than the captcha, but y’all need to fix this.

One last thing. You put the captcha on there to verify that we’re real people. Why the heck are you also intentionally moderating comments? That’s what the stupid captcha was for wasn’t it? Do you run into a lot of trolls who want to spend time putting in captcha codes so they can call you names and such?

2. I’ve griped often about people who auto DM, or just DM you, when you connect with them on Twitter. At least 99.99995 of the people I connect with on Twitter reached out to me first. Since you reached out to me, in the open no less, why are you so afraid to now talk to me in the open?

That’s not the rant this time however. The rant this time are those people who, instead of sending the DMs, instead send either individual messages to every single person or groups a bunch of people into one post, thanking them for the connection or mentioning them as their top interactors. Almost none of them are doing it on their own; they’ve hooked up with some stupid Twitter app that does it for them.

That’s irritating, to the point that if I’m checking out profiles of people who want me to connect with them and I see their stream has lots of those things, I refuse to connect with them. Sorry folks; your other content might not be so bad but the last thing I need is more blather in my Twitter stream.

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3. This is the year of social media sites changing things that are supposed to make things better… but they didn’t. Let’s see…

Google Plus just changed their format to make it more visually pleasing and, supposedly, easier for us to use. Except they’ve messed up two things that have become quite irksome.

The first is not always accepting links we share on their site. Every once in a while it won’t accept a link from a site it’s always accepted links from before. It makes me think it’s not accepting that link because they’re blocking the site… until I tried sharing the same link on my laptop, which I didn’t upgrade to the G+ new system… and it took it as if nothing had changed.

The second is that previously you could share links or stories with different circles at once, or circles and individuals. With the new system, you can either share it with your circles, the public or individuals; you can’t share with more than one at a time, which means if you want to do that you have to post it multiple times and look like an idiot. You don’t have to do that in the original version… yes, I’ve proven that as well.

Twitter has done a couple of irritating things as well. One is recently taking away the counts we had to see how often our articles might be shared with others. They’ve done that to go to a paid model for those who really want those numbers; it’s not going to be me.

They’ve also opened our direct messages so that people we don’t know can send us garbage. Goodness, there are enough people I connect with who are already auto-DM’ing me, even though my profile asks them not to do that, without now having to see people I don’t know selling to me. At the same time they also set it up so we have unlimited characters in direct messages… okay, I’m not mad at that. lol

LinkedIn also did a few irritating things this year. The first was suckering us into posting articles on their site, sharing it with lots of people, then throttling us back down. I’m presently on a course to see if it changes after having at least 100 articles there. If I don’t see improvement by article 101 I might stop posting and just allow my two blogs that post original articles there to be the only source of new content shared there.

The second was changing how groups work. First, they made all groups private, regardless of whether the owners wanted that or not. Second, they took away the ability to be seen as an influencer in a group, which took away the incentive to participate all that much. The second irritates me more because there aren’t a lot of people participating to begin with, so I loved being an influencer in a few groups. Now it’s not worth my time.

4. In a year when I’ve been trying to figure out more ways to make money online, some days ago I got an email from an affiliate program I was a part of saying they didn’t see their code on my finance site anymore. Actually, I’d totally forgotten about this affiliate, Bidvertise, and couldn’t remember why I removed the code, so I added it back.

Suddenly, the site went wonky after testing it and, after a couple of minutes, I decided to remove it. Maybe that’s why I removed it in the first place. However, all it took was that 2 minutes before Google put the site on a “do not trust” list; sigh… This led me to run all kinds of test software on the site to see if anything had been embedded before I could request a review from Google to get off the list.

I’m happy to say that I was off the list about 4 hours after I sent my review request; whew! But it’s made me become more wary of adding javascript code to my sites without reviewing better the kind of ads it puts on them. I mean, things were popping up all over the place; that was freaky.

5. Also in the last week, I started looking at my statistics a bit better; at least trying to.

The first thing was looking at Google Analytics. Have you ever checked your referring site? I had a few I not only didn’t recognize, but they said they were sending me lots of people. However, the minutes were at zero and a bounce rate of 100%. It turns out there are sites that use yours to promote their own sites without your knowledge, and it sends you false visits; ugh.

It’s known as referral spam, and I learned how to take care of it from a site called Megalytic. Actually, it shows you how to set up filters so you can see the actual stuff; I’m not sure if there’s a way to get rid of the referral spam for good.

The second thing was loading an add-on program called SEO Doctor that was recommended on some other site… the name of which I forget now. Actually, it worked great… until I started visiting a few blog sites and started getting requests to sign into their routers and having difficulty getting out of them. I had to shut that bad boy down, since it started around the same time I added it; sigh… This is a reminder to everyone that testing something new is imperative!

I think I’ll stop there. I have more gripes but I don’t want all of Monday to be a gripe fest. What’s irking you about social media lately?

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I agree with the ones you say, but honestly I haven’t been paying much attention to any of the social media outlets anymore. Maybe I’ve been too busy with life or just a bit weary of SM during the holidays. I just wish they’d stop changing stuff when it’s working good.

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December 7th, 2015 | 3:51 PM

I’m with you Arlee. However, I also understand that these folks are trying to find new ways to monetize their sites. I’m not mad at that part; I just hate that they seem to take more away than they add.

December 7th, 2015 | 7:56 PM

We’re tired of all of these changes! They aren’t making anything better they just repeatedly break stuff!
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December 8th, 2015 | 1:56 AM

I feel the same way. Improvements shouldn’t take away things that work so well already without a replacement.

December 8th, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Yes Yes Yes! I am so frustrated with the Captcha codes. Whenever it messes up and I try to go back and fix it I get a stupid error saying “sorry but it seems like you already said that”…So annoying and unneeded if its not set up right.

December 10th, 2015 | 2:49 PM

I absolutely hate that Tanya! Those things are hard to read, which I guess is part of the point, but I can’t believe that if they’re trying to stop bots that bots can read images that easily, whether those numbers are clear or not.

December 10th, 2015 | 3:19 PM

I have found that the people who use the automated Twitter apps that thank new followers and frequent interactors publicly are great for picking up new contacts. Every time one of them mentions me, I get several new followers. I almost always follow back, unless the profile is very strange or disturbing, of course. I have found Twitter much better for picking up new contacts than Facebook or any other platform.

I completely agree with you that captchas are evil. I find them hard to read, and they are a nightmare for people with any type of visual impairment. I’ve tried using the audio ones and they are also often difficult to understand. However, there are better ones coming out now, I like the ones that just say prove you’re not a robot by checking this box, or use a centralized service where once you are authenticated, you won’t be bothered again on any site that uses the same network. I personally choose not to use any captchas on my site — I write a blog about traveling with a disability, so I get many disabled readers and I want to make it as easy as possible for them to comment. I do get a lot of spam, but I just moderate everything and only approve the legitimate comments.

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December 11th, 2015 | 3:08 AM

Karin, I use All in one SEO because years ago the Yoast plugin didn’t work well with my blog; stuff happens sometimes. lol

Those automated Twitter apps might get lots of people, but I’d rather not see all that stuff because it just clutters up the stream. I’ve learned how to block them though; things are so much cleaner now. I’m very judgmental with who I follow back; if I don’t have an interest in what someone is sharing (like if everything they post is a joke or just a picture) then I’m not following. I like to have quality rather than just numbers.

Glad we totally agree on captcha. Actually, there are so many other ways to protect one’s blog or at least to reduce the amount of spam.

Thanks for commenting; fully appreciated! 🙂

December 12th, 2015 | 7:10 PM

Captcha’s make me insane. If I have to try more than once to leave a comment I am done. It is just so damn irritating.
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December 12th, 2015 | 4:02 AM

Jack, most of the time I’m done as well. However, if I’ve written what I consider is a pretty good comment then I’ll give it another shot… as long as it hasn’t erased what I previously wrote.

December 13th, 2015 | 10:04 PM

Maybe I should spend more time thinking about Google Analytics but it just sort of seems like the information it provides may not be entirely accurate. Or maybe I just do not understand it. My top referrer is Google Images France? I dunno Mitch. Seems fishy.
I agree the ‘Thanks for following me but go download my latest report at www dot whatever goes here dot com” auto DMs is indeed anoying as well.

December 15th, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Well, it’s just stuff we deal with that irks us, but it is what it is. I’m thinking if that’s your top referrer it’s a weird one… unless it’s referring folks to some of your delicious tasty desserts. 🙂

December 16th, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Hi Mitch,

Cant agree on lots of stuff you are saying here.

Im not sure why people would DM us… and just “sell” stuff… Im mean..WT?????

Why do people think that online is different to offline…. its way to weird.

I don’t know what Google plus has done, but I couldn’t post my blog there today. so will have to go back and check why.. Maybe its due to the changes

Thanks Mitch


January 5th, 2016 | 3:27 AM

Hi Di lol

I think people set up DMs because somewhere they read that we like knowing people are paying attention to us and, while they’ve got our attention, they should share something with us, either a freebie report or a blog post or a product. Frankly, all that clutter and automation gets on my nerve, it’s not personal, and I don’t like it, which you already know.

As for Google Plus, once I noticed the other day that I couldn’t access Hangouts without adding some kind of program to my browsers (which still didn’t work) I reverted back to the original way and Hangouts came back as well as everything else. Whew!

January 5th, 2016 | 4:22 PM
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