The Top Ten Most Annoying Things about Facebook


I write the following with the understanding that no matter how annoying Facebook can be, it will never be more annoying than Myspace. (Editor’s Note: I am not so sure…) And I will not stop using Facebook because of these things.

10. People You May Know. Otherwise known as “People that you don’t know well enough to be friends with”, “People who have rejected your friend request”, or “People you hate and would never friend even if their lives somehow depended on you friending them.” Facebook has been around long enough that if you haven’t found your friend yet, and he or she hasn’t found you, then you probably aren’t very good friends to begin with.

9. The Mini-Feed. Because you need constant reminder of the things you’ve recently done or said. Or applications you’ve added. Or songs you’ve listened to. Or things you’ve edited. The mini feed takes up like ¼ of your page (unless you are a dirty application whore: see below) and when you try to delete things, it keeps adding other things from days and weeks ago.

8. The Education and Work box. I say this is annoying, but it’s honestly the first thing I look at on someone else’s page. I do it because I am a masochist and I like to hurt myself by seeing how well these people that I hardly know are doing in places that I would love to move to.

7. Bikini profile pictures. Yes, you are young and skinny and attractive and you have great times at the beach with your girlfriends. I get it.

6. Picture-takers. One of my best friends is one of these people and has, last count, 60 photo albums on her page. 60! That’s not 60 pictures, 60 albums. And so, on any given day, there will be ten or twenty new pictures of her on my news feed. I love her to death, and I never tire of her face, but girlfriend has 1462 pictures on facebook. Seems a tad much.

5. People who spend too much time on facebook. And totally take over my news feed with twelve different, whiny status updates a day (“Douchebag Jones…is still in love with her.” “Douchebag Jones…wishes she knew how this feels”) and the copious addition of applications. Which leads me to…

4. People who update facebook with the minutiae of their lives. “Douchebag is sleeping”, “Douchebag is eating cheese” “Douchebag is playing World of Warcraft”. “Douchebag feels lonely”.

3. People who have way, way too many applications on their page. Applications make the page totally unreadable and impossible to navigate, not to mention totally obnoxious and boring. I propose a 5-application limit. Which leads me to…

2. Stupid g*ddamn applications. Flair, pin-up quizzes, movies, books, causes, werewolves, vampires, scrabulous, Entourage, super walls, heroes ability, which Sex and the City character are you?, lolcats, growing pets—all. too. much. And totally uninteresting to anyone that goes on your page. And honestly, do you keep up with them? My least favorite one is the compare people application, because there is always that one friend that is #1 in everything! Makes me feel like crap.

1. Application invites. They make me turn-into-the-hulk mad. I don’t want to be on your zombie army and I don’t care what stupid thing you have written on my fun wall. And if I wanted to see what superlative you nominated me for, I have to download the whole effing application to do so. And then the application tricks you into sending invites to everyone on your friends list who, if they are anything like me, will resent you for it. And I’ve yet to find the “turn off all application invites” option if such a thing exists.

Getting that off my chest should make me feel better, but I find myself so. tense. Maybe one of my friends will send me a FB drink to make me feel better….



    1. Victoria W - Bingham says:

      Love, love, love this piece…You're spot on, in all of your observations. The mini feed is creepy and the application overload kills me.

    2. J - NYU says:

      I'm just waiting for the day Facebook invents the plugin "See Who Is Stalking You — Find Out How Many Times They've Checked Your Profile!"

      …I'll be in trouble then!

    3. Kat says:

      At least with the applications you can minimize them.

      Then when you visit other peoples pages it doesn't take 15 minutes to find their wall and read other people's post.. and check out their wall-to-walls … heheh

    4. Douchebag Jones says:

      Why are you girls so mean? Maybe some people didn't have Facebook until now. Why write them off?

    5. Sara and Kaitlin says:

      Funny article, so true about the mini-feed and all those stupid application invites. Even the news feed is a bit creepy to me at times…

    6. David says:

      Spot on article; especially numbers 4 and 5!

    7. papa bear says:

      was this article written in 2001? You can bisect your page so all applications are hidden unless the user hits a toggle switch to reveal them.

      There is an app that lets you spoof 'required' friend invites (which are against TOS anyway and most apps like that have been told to change or go to hell)

      You can kill all application requests globally.

      You can set your preferences on the feeds. If douchebag updates 30 times a day put them on the 'show me less of' list and turn down the activity list of the thing they do the most.

      I dunno, I don't totally disagree with all you wrote, but 75% of it is completely avoidable if you look for 2 seconds.

    8. Neal says:

      I blocked one of my friends from sending me application requests because I couldn't take 3 requests a day from him anymore. Should I update my facebook that I'm writing on your blog and eating lunch at the same time?

    9. giz says:

      I hate overadded applications.

      they should limit it to MAYBE 10, maximum,showing per person's profile.

    10. Noelle says:

      My favorite is the application where you buy your friends and see how much you're worth…

    11. mike says:

      I LOVE the bikini facebook pictures!

      1. StfuuKidd says:

        Thats because your a pig.. ;s

    12. Vlad D says:

      Hey, I've seen this article before! It's

      that one was kinda funnier than yours. Sorry

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    19. Sarah says:

      Facebook is annoying, but it's the people using it that makes it ridiculous! Nobody ever mentions this: What about the people who say "goodnight facebook" ever single night. Like it's their kid or something. Like Facebook is going to say goodnight back? Come on!

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      What I CANNOT STAND is when people post, "Thanks for the add" on my wall. If I accepted your friends request then just move on and stop cluttering my damn wall with crap.

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