Ding ding ding! We have a winner for THE MOST passive-aggressive phrase used in Facebook and Twitter posts.
Coming in at number one: “some people…”.
As in posting “Some people tear down everything positive we try to do for our community” instead of “Cindy habitually encourages people to think critically before jumping on dubious social media bandwagons with wild enthusiasm!”
Or “Some people overreact to everything!” instead of “Greg seems empathetic & usually writes passionately when he believes that oppressed people are being harmed.”
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For the legions of “some people” and “everything” posters out there, please note: there is but one letter of difference between “posting” and “pouting”. You can make a stronger case if you write with specificity as well as passion. Engaging directly with folks who think differently can help you adjust or strengthen your point of view.
Keeping your sense of humor can help, too.
What are your runner-ups for the most counterproductive phrases you’ve seen in Twitterville and Facebookland lately?