10 Popular Social Media Posting Trends

The many ways we love to interact and share stuff online

People post a lot of stuff on social media. As a result of all that posting, some interesting cultural trends and best practices have quietly popped up to help us figure out what and how to share things online.

Take a look at a few of the following popular social posting trends, and see how many of them you've used already in a post on any social networking site.

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Selfies for no reason

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"But first, let me take a selfie." We're deep in the thick of the selfie movement, and you now need no reason to post one (or several) on social media. Out for dinner? Take a selfie. Bought a new dress? Share it in a selfie. Cat sleeping on your shoulder? Selfie. It doesn't matter what you're doing. You can almost always take a selfie.

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Throwback Thursday

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Need an excuse to post more about yourself? Hop on the #ThrowbackThursday bandwagon -- everyone's favorite hashtag that actually encourages you to get a little vain and flood your followers' timelines with past photos of all your fondest memories. 

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Reaction GIFs

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You can see it on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and even in blog comment sections. Sometimes, a dramatic and hilarious animated reaction GIF image just gets your point across so much better than typing it out -- especially when it comes to expressing an emotion.

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Emojis everywhere

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Speaking of using reaction GIFs as a way to express emotions, those little smiley faces, and icons of objects you can insert into a text message -- commonly known as emoji characters -- have begun popping up everywhere. Facebook and Twitter have introduced emoji support so they show up no matter what device you're using.

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Bite-sized videos

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Let's face it, nobody has a long enough attention span anymore to watch a lengthy video all the way through. And now that the entire world has gone mobile, videos have gotten even shorter. Short videos made with apps like Instagram are what's hot right now.

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Mass liking and favoriting

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Ever since Facebook introduced the Like button, almost every other major social networking site and app has tried to implement the same idea into its own platform. On Twitter, it's the favorite button. On Tumblr and Instagram, it's the heart button. Whatever its form may be, liking and starring and hearting everything is the lazy user's way to easily interact online.

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Mass reposting, retweeting, repinning and reblogging

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As if pushing a button to like something wasn't easy enough, now you can push one to take somebody else's content in full and post it on your own profile, timeline or blog. We know this as retweeting on Twitter and reblogging on Tumblr. It's the easiest way to share something you like without needing to share it manually.

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Fandom indulgement

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The Internet is a place where some of the best and biggest communities are formed. For those who are obsessed with a particular band, movie, TV show, webcomic, book or whatever else -- the Internet opens up new opportunities for the most intense fans to come together and post about what they love the most.

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Web humor and parody accounts

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Want to get a lot of followers on social media really fast? Pretend to be someone else who's already pretty famous, and poke fun at them. Twitter is the most popular medium for this type of trend. Check out some of these parody accounts for examples. You can even join Weird Twitter if you're more into that sort of humor. 

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Shortened URLs

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Nobody likes to look at a link posted online that's hundreds of characters long with all sorts of strange symbols in it. It takes up way too much room. If you do post an outside link on social media, the general trend is to use a link shortener like Bitly. Lots of businesses are starting to brand their own shortened URLs too. For About.com, all links shortened with Bitly default to abt.cm.