This article was published on September 9, 2010

Eid Messaging Etiquette: What Not To Do via Facebook & SMS

Eid Messaging Etiquette: What Not To Do via Facebook & SMS
Ahmad F Al-Shagra
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Ahmad F Al-Shagra

Co-founder of, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer. Co-founder of, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer.

Restrictions Apply to what you do during EidYou know when some of your friends are too lazy to actually call when an occasion like Eid or New Year is upon us but instead lamely tag you in a Facebook greeting card? Well annoying friend, this post is for you and that annoyance will be called a “Greeting Tag” for all future ranting purposes.

When someone wants to congratulate me for the holiday following New Year’s Eve or Arafat (which is the casual name for the night before Eid) and they want me to appreciate it, they should either put in some effort by sending something that means it’s more than a generic message their sending to their entire address book.

Now if you’re one of those people who say I don’t have the time to create a personalized message for my 400+ contacts on Facebook, I hear ya, neither do I. I mean seriously, if each message takes 1 minute of your time, your wasting almost 6.5hrs on writing messages alone, of course since we live in the Middle East (I’ll seize the opportunity to bash mobile carriers in the region also) users have to expect downtime and overloaded calling centers.

I want all you reading this post today to do one thing for me. Stop Greeting Tags. Stop creating them, stop encouraging them by commenting on them with the polite and meaningless thanks you’s and please oh please stop tagging other friends who have been spared the agony.

Now if you absolutely have to send out a greeting have it fall within the following guidelines:

  1. If your sending an SMS: Make it simple and short. If it’s funny it works. If it’s not, either make it informative or personal, but never ever send a generic sms types. Their just more memory wasted on the phone.
  2. If it’s an MMS: Make it colorful, also funny works but keep it decent and within context. I personally prefer the scared sheep greeting. Always get a laugh out of that one
  3. Email senders: DO NOT SEND meaningless images. Your filling my inbox as we speak, send me something I can use, like a warm heart felt greeting with a link of some restaurants I can check out during Eid, that’d be nice.

Most of the Islamic nation has declared tomorrow Friday 10th of September the first day of Eid so to all of our readers, we wish you a delightful Eid full of Eideeyat and amazing visits. And to those of you living away from family, make the most of what you got, some friends make the best company a person could wish for.

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