Facebook is a great way to connect with friends and your peers. We all know that and we all use it in very different ways.Recently I was reminded of a particular type of Facebook user that I termed The Drainer. This user has the following characteristics: 1) Fires off status updates in such rapid succession that your feed is full of their updates.
2) Always comments or likes almost every one of your status updates, links, etc.
3) Their comments are expressing an opinion that criticizes you for your actions (feels like being scolded).
4) They often miss the point of your update which proves they are out of the loop.
5) They often sound like your mother when they offer advice. These are the people that kill a great conversation. For Instance, you make a status update about how great a party it was, but that you were feeling a little hung over. All of your friends are commenting on the fun time they had and then the Drainer hits, leaving a smart-ass comment about controlling your drinking and how stupid it is that you are hung over. That just kills the conversation right there. While it is possible to block them, blocking seems extreme since they do, on occasion, contribute some meaningful status updates. Telling them nicely offline to keep their opinion to themselves might be possible but the drainer might take it the wrong way. I decided to just ignore them and continue interacting with my "friends." This really boils down to Facebook etiquette: 1) I only comment on status updates that I can add value to or offer support of.
2) If I can't find anything cool to say, I will simply "like" it.
3) I keep my comments positive and will only criticize if I can offer them a reasonable and meaningful solution.
4) Respect your 'friends' privacy… always commenting/liking on everything is like calling them every ten minutes to tell something, which is a great way to be unfriended.
5) Think of every comment as a broadcast to the entire world, saying negative things only makes YOU look bad to the world. Has anyone else experienced the Drainer? Any further etiquette rules to share?