4 Annoying Internet Habits and How You Can Avoid Them

Annoyed Man on Computer


People do some interesting things.  Sometimes it seems that having the ability to post and share on the Internet has only made this phenomenon more prevalent.  While many of these “interesting things” are harmless, some can get pretty annoying.  And some are downright illegal.

Here are a few such things and what you can do to avoid being the annoyer.

Signing Me Up For Your Email List

If I didn’t explicitly ask to be put on your email list, chances are I don’t want to be receiving your email.  But, while annoying, this is actually illegal as well.  Unless I’ve consented to receiving sent such emails, this is considered SPAM.  It’s also a good way to get your email address flagged, which may lead to your emails ultimately getting rejected.

How You Can Avoid Being the Annoyer:

Make sure you’re getting proper consent prior to adding a name to your email list.  A business card is not an invitation to add someone no matter how much you think they’ll like your content.  You should probably be using a double opt-in process to add names to your email list.

Funky Colors and CAPS in Emails

I love getting emails.  I do not love when those emails contain hot pink type or are written in all capital letters.  Hot pink is very hard to read.  AND CAPS LOCK LOOKS LIKE YELLING NO MATTER WHAT YOU TYPE.

How You Can Avoid Being the Annoyer:

If it’s important, try out some bolding or italicizing.  But please resist the urge to hit that CAPS LOCK button.  Also, if you overuse bold or italics each instance loses its importance.  Save it for deadlines or dates and information that absolutely cannot be missed.

Another way to make your emails more readable is to use a little formatting.  Break it up into paragraphs instead of one giant block of text.  Use headings and lists when appropriate.  Taking a little time to format a lengthier email will definitely make what you write far more digestible without annoying your recipient.

Blasting Tweets or Emails

Sometimes we all get excited and feel as though we have a lot to say.  But sending a bunch of emails in succession can quickly clutter up an inbox.  And honestly people that send four tweets in a row quickly lead me to stop following them on Twitter.

How You Can Avoid Being the Annoyer:

Take a deep breath and space everything out.  If emailing, try to condense multiple emails into one when the recipients are the same (even if you are responding to multiple emails).  Not only is this kinder on your recipient’s inbox, but it also decreases the likelihood that something will slip through the cracks.

If tweeting, use an application like TweetDeck or HootSuite that allows you to schedule your upcoming tweets.  That way you can still do all of the work in a given window of time but don’t have to blast out tweet after tweet and clog up the streams of your followers.

Hating on People that Get Hacked

I’m sure we’ve all gotten an email or Facebook post from an old friend that we’ve lost touch with that said something like “Oh my god.  I just saw this and thought of you.  You look great.”  And then it has a random link.

Yes, this is almost certainly malicious and, if clicked, will do bad things to your system.  And I agree it can be a little annoying getting an email from a friend that is actually malicious.  But I’ve noticed lately a lot of people hating on a friend that mistakenly clicked a link that resulted in a malicious email blast being sent out.  Yes, I get that it is annoying to get an email with a malicious link.  But it sucks much more for the person that just got their email hacked.

How You Can Avoid Being the Annoyer(s in this case):

First of all, it’s rare that a long lost friend will send you such a message.  So be wary of such messages in the first place. If any email seems really random, has a bizarre link and just feels a bit off, chances are you should avoid clicking that link.  If you’re suspicious, you can also check out the addresses the message was sent to.  Oftentimes you’ll see the email was sent to a random group of people or an alphabetical portion of a contact list.  These are both big red flags.

Now, if someone you know clearly clicked a link they shouldn’t have and blasted an email your way, please calm down and delete the email, Facebook post or tweet.  You don’t have to rag on them publically.  They are the one with the problem, not you.  They likely have to reclaim their email address and go through the annoying process of making sure they are secure again.  Instead of getting upset, take that same amount of time and refer them to some helpful resources like the Gmail Help Center.

Your Thoughts

These are just a few things I’ve seen happening lately and what I think you can do to avoid being the annoyer perpetrating them.  But there’s certainly a lot more happening out there.  What have you seen that bothers you?  What do you wish people would do differently?  Feel free to sound off in the comments below.