Social Media Faux Pas: Recipes Are For Pinterest

Social Media Faux Pas: Recipes Are For Pinterest image cookingwithfacebook 300x128Social Media Faux Pas: Recipes Are For PinterestBefore Facebook there was MySpace, and before MySpace, there was, well nothing. But since the boom that is social media, users have an entire array of platforms to choose from. Platforms that are best for sharing photos (Instagram), those that are best for staying in touch (Facebook), and platforms for gaining new ideas (Pinterest). Each does a little something different, and they do it well.

In the same way you wouldn’t go to Applebee’s when you have a hankering for Greek food, you wouldn’t log into Facebook when you’re searching for recipes.

But some seem to have missed the memo.

Despite social media protocol, there are still users posting recipes to Facebook, Twitter, or all of the above. Whether the hated “link to Facebook” feature is to blame or pure human error, the public says guilty parties should have their Internet privileges suspended. Maybe by taking away one’s connectivity they’ll learn to use it correctly.

Still not on board with separation of platforms?

Why Social Media Platforms Shouldn’t be Mixed

  • It throws readers off guard. Facebook is for posts about family events, jokes, or weekend events. If side-slapped by a recipe, users may lose their train of thought – this may sound petty, but when everything’s instant, it’s hard to keep a uniform stream of consciousness.
  • It’s misplaced. The entire premise of Pinterest is to share (or keep) ideas for later, including, like gardening tips, cooking ideas, and crafts. It also houses these pins in a tidy little folder, a feature that Facebook doesn’t have (and rightfully so). A crossover shows that users either don’t have social media smarts, or don’t care to learn.
  • It makes us hungry. Research shows social media’s busiest periods are the lunch hour and mid-afternoon, time for lunch and snacks, respectively. Who wants to see a picture of a juicy steak or no-bake pasta dish when they’re about to have a cold-packed meal?
  • It doesn’t fit the platform. Facebook piles content on top of older content, burying outdated posts. This means the recipes will be hard to locate later on, forcing users to manually search for them.
  • It’s borderline rude. Every Facebook recipe I’ve ever seen posted was met with a slew of “Great, now I’m hungry,” or “What’s this recipe doing here?” comments, yet more cooking posts were added. It’s one thing to ignore trolls, but bypassing genuine comments is edging toward social media snob.

What’s the Solution?

If a life-changing recipe simply has to be remembered (when found on Facebook), users should email it to themselves, or better yet, add to Pinterest for others to enjoy in a content-appropriate setting. Otherwise, posting to inappropriate outlets may not only cause you to lose what you intended to keep, but force a few “unfriend” clicks along the way – or at the very least, a hide.

Pinterest is free, folks, give it a try and help keep Facebook food-free

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