Social Media Boot Camp Day 5: Vaguebook

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“I just can’t do this anymore… (Feeling blah)”
“Well THAT was interesting...”

We’ve all seen them. Just about anything followed by that dreaded ellipsis is bound to make you say, “What?” Now, you might be thinking that this is a good quality in an update, as one social media best practice is to garner interaction from your community, but unfortunately, this is not the case with what’s now referred to as “Vaguebooking.”

So much "vague." So little "book."

Vaguebook refers to any of the vague status updates you see across your various social media sites, though the name is a combination of the words “Vague” and “Facebook.” It’s often used to describe a cry for help, a call for attention, or, well… the Internet is at a loss as to why else these status updates continue to plague the murky waters of the Internet. And usually, counterproductively for the Vaguebooker, these statuses are often ignored or misinterpreted in the worst way imaginable. Vaguebookees (I made that up. Do you like it?) will respond with a, “What’s wrong,” or maybe a more-direct but equally-vague, “?” comment. I can’t speak from experience, but I don’t see this as being the intended outcome of the original post.

So is there a solution for the dreaded Vaguebook? My suggestions from Day 3 and Day 4 are a good start, but how do you stop something that you may not even know that you’re guilty of? 

Proofreading is a great way to keep this to a minimum. Take a few minutes to look over what you’ve written to ensure that it benefits someone.

Run it past a friend. Find someone you can trust and ask them if it’s appropriate to post online. Friends don’t let friends Vaguebook.

Don’t post it at all. If you’re even the least bit unsure of whether or not you should post it, just don’t post it. Sleep on it if you have to, but if you don’t think it should be online, then it’s likely that others will feel the same way. Vaguebooking can hurt your credibility and only make it more difficult to grow your business on social media

Dan Schenker is a photographer, the son of entrepreneurs, an Independent Distributor at It Works! Global, and a puppy-dad to a beagle/chihuahua mix named Pepper with his lovely fiancé, Caity.

Dan Schenker

Dan is a Google Trusted Photographer, an ambassador for Insta360, and an aerial drone and event photographer based in northern New Jersey. When he’s not taking photos, he’s a dad and husband, a puppy dad, and a part-time time traveler.