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Published: 11th Nov 2014

From Facebook and Twitter to LinkedIn and Instagram, social media has become a huge part of everyday life across the world.

While there are plenty of advantages to logging on to these sites, it's safe to say they can also be quite annoying when used in the wrong way. With this in mind, we've put together a guide for how not to use social media, highlighting some of the faux pas you should try to avoid.

Boss bashing
If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all; this old adage could have been invented for describing the relationship between work and social media.

One of the worst things you can do on a social network is to have a pop at your boss or colleagues. You don't know who is reading your posts and people have lost their jobs due to inappropriate comments made on sites like Facebook. 

Indeed, it's important to consider the impact your social media presence could have on your career. According to research from social recruiting firm Jobvite, 94 per cent of businesses use social media when looking to hire new staff and it has become commonplace for companies to look at someone's social presence when assessing their job application.

As a result, it's important to realise that anything you post on Facebook or Twitter could have an impact on your attempts to find a new job. The best way to address this is to be aware of your privacy settings and make sure only friends or followers can access your posts.

Prolific posting
Another annoying social media habit that should be avoided is excessive posting. We've all experienced people who Tweet or post on a far too regular basis and it's a surefire way to lose friends or followers.

Less is often more when it comes to social media and it's better to make a few meaningful posts than to share your every waking thought.

Being boastful
An unfortunate side effect of social media is that it tends to attract show-offs. No one likes a boaster and this has been proved by a study from The organisation found people who use social media to brag about fitness and diets are the most annoying users, with more than half of respondents saying this gets on their nerves.

Other annoying social habits highlighted in the survey include constantly sharing photos of food and meals, posting cryptic messages that beg for someone to ask a question, constantly inviting people to play online games like Farmville, and bombarding news feeds with pictures of babies and children.

Sharing selfies
Some people might say an unfortunate side effect of social media is the rise of the selfie. In case you aren't aware, this involves someone taking a photo of themselves and then sharing it on a social network.

Selfies can be okay in moderation, but some people have taken the trend overboard and seem to take photos of themselves at every opportunity. For other social media users, this is just plain irritating and makes the individual in question come across as highly self-absorbed.