Social Media Trends We'd Love to See Disappear in 2014

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They were fun when they were new, but now these social media trends are like that last guest at the party who can't take the hint that it's time to leave. Here are the trends we'd love to see disappear in 2014.


Image: Screenshot from Tosh.O

We know that Daniel Tosh wouldn't have his show if not for the fact that people seem to love to film their stupid moments and put them online, but ENOUGH. We've seen a dozen smash-her-face-into-her-cake videos, jump-on-a-chair-and-break-it videos, and the person-freaks-out-because-Coke-machine-swallowed-his-coins videos. And by the way, we don't believe for a second that you just "happened to capture" that crazy moment with your phone.


Image: Screenshot of Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

Along the same lines, enough with the hoaxes that are done for the sole purpose of creating a viral video. They're not about creativity or blowing our minds: they're about racking up views. There actually is a purpose to performance art that goes beyond trying to get people to view the performance. All those Internet hoax creators need to spend some time studying Laurie Anderson.


Image: Screenshot of Justine Sacco's Tweet

It seems like no one is immune to posting cringe-worthy tweets: from Justine Sacco to Steve Martin. Those tweets are almost always deleted when the Twitterverse rises up, as if simply unpublishing words can make them go away. Let's make 2014 the year where we think before we tweet.


Image: GollyGforce via Flickr

Of course, following on the heels of those idiotic tweets are the Twitter mobs that rise up to angrily take down a person after the tweet has been released. It's not that we shouldn't be held accountable for our words, but does saying something stupid warrant death threats or harassment? Twitter can become a scary tool when wielded by vigilantes. Let's make sure our punishments fit the crimes.


Image: Kristian Niemi via Flickr

No, I'm not talking about nipple pics or dramatic confessions (though cut out those as well!), I'm talking about the lack of curation on your Twitter or Facebook feed. Just because the post comes with a linkbait-y headline doesn't mean you need to always hit "share." Think before you post the next amazeballs story (wait, cut out that word as well!) to your feed: do you really think people should read this or are you falling under the spell of Upworthy's command to "pass 'em on"? Share your food, share your hugs, share your good ideas... but curate your social media feed.

What would you like to see less of from social media in 2014?

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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