Last week, I had a mentally stirring conversation with my friend Stacy, who is also a blogger. I point this out because most of my conversations these days lack any kind of substance whatsoever.
So here’s a slightly abridged and paraphrased version of the discussion.
ME: “I feel like we bloggers are a self-serving lot of brown nosing, Facebook liking and commenting, mutual admiration society.”
STACY: “yeah, you know you’ve sold your soul to the devil when you start liking without even looking, just to suck up to the user who has a bigger following than you do.”
ME: “and what’s with Twitter users repeatedly retweeting ALL the posts of their newest Twitter idol? They might as well send the person a direct message saying ‘hi there, my name’s D and I’m a needy, opportunistic stalker. Please notice me. Follow me. Like Me!!! Please, please, PLEASE!!!!!'”
STACY: “Was I being THAT obvious?”
So that’s pretty much gist of the conversation, which soon turned violent and ended with me unfriending Stacy on Facebook and her unfollowing me on Twitter.
A quick examination of my own Facebook behavior reveals that there are more motivations than simply “liking” the content of the post itself.
Here’s a statistically semi-accurate breakdown of my latest liking activity. Feel free to judge me. But at least I’m bold enough to admit my own shallowness, neediness and passive-aggressiveness. (My goodness. That’s a mess of “ness.”)
56%-genuinely liked the post.
b) made a snarky comment on their last post and now I feel bad about it c) am apologizing for stealing that user’s boyfriend in high school.
And that, my friends, adds up to 129%, or something like that. So, tell me, what makes YOU click like?