Urban Dictionary defined vaguebooking as an intentionally vague Facebook status update that prompts friends to ask what’s going on or is possibly a cry for help.
or as Vaguebook.org says, You know those posts on Facebook where it’s obvious the poster is just BEGGING for attention?
There’s an art to Vaguebooking and I’m here to teach it to you.
First, how NOT to Vaguebook:
Here’s a good example of a frustrating vaguebook:
What a day! I heard the sirens within minutes. The paramedics were great and I should be out of the hospital in a few days but it will take a while to get back to normal. Needless to say, I was completely freaked out!
So: what do you think happened? You don’t know, right?
But it was serious enough to trigger emergency response and the poster was hospitalized and won’t be well for a while. A post like that is usually followed by about 120 responses from Facebook friends, all expressing sympathy and asking what happened. So. Much. Attention. To which the original poster never responds.
Why post something like that if you aren’t going to say what happened? Is it just for attention?
After seeing a post like that a few months, it was followed by what I consider to be an effective and acceptable vaguebook post:
I’m sorry to vaguebook but please bear with me. I have had some of the toughest times in my life these past months and could really need your prayers and positive energy. I can’t talk about it more but I will be able to soon. In the meantime, I hope you’ll bear with me and sned your most positive energy my way.
Here’s why it’s a suitable Vaguebook:
- It acknowledges that the poster is actually vaguebooking and apologizes.
- It explains that s/he can not reveal more but will in the future.
- It comes out and asks for prayers and positive energy.
The objective of an attention-seeking vaguebook seems to be to get people to respond without revealing anything about the situation. The objective in this acceptable vaguebooking is to ask for support.
So there you have it: How to vaguebook. I know you’re glad to have this important information today. Right?
Do you see much vaguebooking in your Facebook feed?