Tuesday 19 September 2017

Facebook survey shows oversharing biggest turnoff

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Tom Barfield

OVER-sharing is the thing that is most likely to lose you friends on social networks, a new survey has claimed.

Too many status updates, bombarding friends with photos and 'liking' too many pages were the main reasons people gave for cutting virtual ties with a friend.



Forty-six per cent of those surveyed said they had unfriended someone for posting too many status updates containing excessive information, a survey by discount website MyVoucherCodes found.



"It can become too much if you see the same person updating their status every time you log on," said MyVoucherCodes chairman Mark Pearson. "It's important to remember it's not the be all and end all."



Facebook's recently-introduced fine grained control over the News Feed proved a popular way to deal with the problem. Half the people surveyed said they had hidden people from their News Feed to deal with oversharing, rather than removing them completely as friends.



When asked, most of those people admitted they didn't delete the friendships because they wanted to have the option to look at the oversharers' profiles later.



One third of those surveyed said that they had unfriended someone for posting too many photos, while one fifth were bothered by messages from friends who 'liked' too many pages.



MyVoucherCodes surveyed 1,750 British Facebook users.



Telegraph.co.uk

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