Gallery of Bad Status Updates

OK you all know I love you, right?  Really and truly with all my heart.  And because of that, I want you to present yourself in the BEST light possible.  It’s what’s going to enable you to make the most money possible when using social media marketing for your business.

So today’s post could be considered “tough love.”  You see, I really hate bad status updates.  There are things I see regularly that make me shake my head and roll my eyes. So today, you’re going to see some real life examples of bad status updates I’ve seen go by in the last few days.  Names have been removed to protect the guilty. Here they are, in all their glory!

p.s. Don’t let this be you!!!

Remember!  Effective status updates engage people, ask questions about THEM, and provide information of value that people can use right now without spending a dime.  Don’t try to pitch your products and opportunity directly from a status update.  Save that for your opt-in areas.  A status update is about building relationships and providing value.

Have you been guilty of any of the above?  What are your thoughts on this?  Share in the comments!

UPDATE: Here are a couple of links you may find helpful, based on questions in the comments below.

Examples of GOOD status updates, and how to write them well:

How SHOULD you tell people about your specials, if not the status update?
27 Responses to Gallery of Bad Status Updates
  1. Libby
    March 7, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    I remember when you first posted this Jennifer. Always good to remind people of what not to post on their status updates especially those that are new to the social media scene.

  2. Kim M.
    September 17, 2011 | 6:37 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and insight. I have learned so much from you this past month – great content and follow-up links!

  3. Kim M.
    September 17, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    I LOVE THIS POST! Thank you for keeping it real and providing such great direction. You provide great guidence regarding social media and I am so glad I found this forum!

  4. Melissa
    January 5, 2011 | 10:59 am


    • Jennifer Fong
      January 5, 2011 | 11:01 am

      You’re welcome Melissa! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Amy Haarbrink
    June 4, 2010 | 11:43 pm

    These status updates are basically a natural response to all the advertising we are confronted with EVERYWHERE on TV, radio, billboards, etc. They don’t come from bad intentions, just ignorance of a better way.
    Jen, thanks for teaching us helpful skills to avoid contributing to this ongoing plethora of intensely annoying advertising. “Mute” is my favorite button for the TV. I wonder what would be the equivalent for Status Updates like these. lol

    • Jennifer Fong
      June 5, 2010 | 7:29 am

      I believe that would be “hide” 🙂

  6. Martha McBride
    June 4, 2010 | 5:05 pm

    Seriously, Jen, this made me laugh out loud, even as inside I cried a little bit. I’ve seen so many updates just like this…and so few like the ones in your excellent March post about “GOOD” status updates.

    Keep doing the good work! Thank you!!

    • Jennifer Fong
      June 4, 2010 | 5:26 pm

      Ah, but the good ones are increasing! I’ve seen proof!!! 🙂

  7. Maureen Feist
    June 4, 2010 | 1:34 pm

    Jen, I’ve listened in on several of your training calls with different companies including the one I’m involved with and every time I learn more. When you first taught about social networking etiquette I took to heart all you said and it’s changed the way I network! It makes me cringe when I see posts like these! Thanks so much for sharing this again!

  8. Shanna Hatfield
    June 4, 2010 | 1:07 pm

    Thanks for another great post on how not to do our business, Jennifer. I so appreciate your honesty and your guidance!

  9. Erica Ardali
    June 4, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    I stopped this a few weeks ago and I get more responses by posing a question to my followers than I ever had by blasting sales promotions.

    • Penny
      June 16, 2010 | 2:25 pm

      Erica, posing questions–that’s brilliant! Can you give me some examples of questions you post?

  10. Lisa Graham
    June 4, 2010 | 1:00 pm

    Would love to see some examples of good status updates!

  11. Anna Broome
    June 4, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    So what is a good way to tell people about a limited time offer without it appearing like we are trying to ‘sell’ them something? I agree that some of these are over the top but is just putting the info in your status line such a bad thing?

  12. Marti
    June 4, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    I’m sure I have been guilty of some of those items, as I try to let my customers know about discounts that have a time limit. Thanks for the reminder & “brutal” honestly. 🙂

  13. Cindy
    June 4, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    I could not agree more! No one wants to be sold to so obviously!

  14. Valerie Long
    June 4, 2010 | 11:35 am

    I agree that only putting information as a status update doesn’t let people know who you are, but I also feel that if there is a special running an occasional status update doesn’t hurt. Some companies doesn’t allow “opt-in” areas for those to post their updates. Although, this isn’t the case with my company I see a lot of people posting stuff about their company specials. This doesn’t bother me to see them, because they post other things to allow me to see who they truly are as a person. If someone doesn’t want to see the advertisements they can always hide the person. (what do you think?)

    • Jennifer Fong
      June 4, 2010 | 1:11 pm

      Why would you want to set yourself up to be hidden? Share your specials with people that ask for them!

      • Valerie
        June 4, 2010 | 3:47 pm

        Thanks for the update Jennifer. You are totally right about spamming people, and I have learned a lot from your classes and posts.

  15. Don Enck
    June 4, 2010 | 11:31 am

    Thanks Jen,
    These are great examples that we can learn from. Hopefully, the “guilty” ones will see your message and learn from it.

    BTW, if you do this enough you might be able to turn this into a comedy routine for your presentations…kind of like Jay Leno with “Headlines” LOL. I bet your audience would love it!

    • Jennifer Fong
      June 5, 2010 | 9:25 am

      Oh the possibilities Don! 🙂

  16. Diane Aksten
    June 4, 2010 | 11:26 am

    Jennifer: Where to start? First of all, I’m very happy to see that I didn’t make the cut 🙂

    Speaking for myself, because there are such a dearth of similiar status updates coming at me, especially on Facebook, on a daily basis, I find myself ignoring every single one because no one stands out from the crowd. You tell us time and time again; build relationships and provide valuable information for free.

    In my opinion, this really is the best way to ultimately find people who REALLY want to own their life and build a home based business instead of the tire kickers and those who think network marketing and direct sales is a “get rich quick” opportunity. Keep in mind that if you have to convince them to JOIN your business, you’ll have to convince them to BUILD their business each and every month after you sign them up.

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