Article by Wendy McCance
Merriam-Webster defines a pet peeve as, a frequent cause of complaint. We all have those moments when others just annoy us. I started thinking about pet peeves the other day when I got a message on my Twitter account.
It drives me crazy when you start following someone and you get a personal message that says, Thanks for the follow. Stop by my Facebook page and don’t forget to like us. The worst part is, they are not following you back or even interacting with you in any sort of way. It’s just this, hey I am awesome and you should help me tell everyone by liking me on other social platforms. It just really turns me off.
Maybe I am being overly sensitive or something, but I just don’t understand when you show a little attention towards a person and they respond with a needy tone of wanting more attention.
I have had similar situations on my Facebook page. Someone will stop by and leave me a message like, Hey, I went to all the trouble to stop by your page, so please stop by and like my page. This happened just the other day. I had never heard of this person. There was never any interaction on my blog, Twitter account or anywhere else. They said they “found” me on a mommy blog site. I wasn’t thrilled by their order to go like their page since they went to all the trouble to like mine. I thanked them for stopping by, but I blew off going to their page. The next day, that person” unliked” me. Apparently, not only was I supposed to like them, but I was also given a time limit to do it in.
What is it with some people where they can’t like a page because they just truly like it? Why must some people look for a return on what they consider to be a “good deed” by demanding that you do something specific for them? I am not in a contest to see how many likes I can get. I am proud to look at the number, knowing that people liked my page because they just really liked it.
My pet peeve is people who are always looking to gain something if they put forth any effort towards others. Worse is the people who put forth no effort, but think you should bend over backward for them because they have a big ego.
I had run into a similar issue a while back on LinkedIn. I had connected with someone and they wrote back telling me about their baking business. They mentioned that they would be at a local fair and that if I could, I should stop by. So far, no problem. It was nice to hear from them and read about where they would be setting up shop.
Over the next few weeks, I got a message each time they would be working at a different location. The accompanying message would say, We will be at ___________ this weekend. Please stop by and say hi when you buy some of our delicious products. I’m all for advertising your brand but it got old when I got messages each week that said I should stop by and buy their product. The whole connection just became very superficial. The worst part was that on two occasions, I actually did write back asking either a time or address in case I could go. I never got a reply. It just made the entire message feel careless.
What about you? Do you have pet peeves that just drive you crazy? Do you think that my pet peeve is ridiculous? I’d love to read your thoughts on the subject and find out what it is that you can’t stand.
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