More Fun Than A Bag Of Jagged Rocks

Oh, joyous stream of “LIKE for A, comment for B” posts that seem to have suddenly become a thing…

“LIKE if you’re part of God’s army; ignore to go to hell.” Ah dammit, I guess I have no choice since I certainly don’t want to go to hell (or some such bullshit). Ignore option 3: “my spiritual destiny is not chained to some idiot’s Facebook channel. Keep scrolling.”

When we’re not choosing between nirvana and eternal damnation in a ham-fisted dual option close, we’re often fictitiously choosing between something akin to the sky is blue/cyan. My gut reaction has always been “Does this crap really work?” Apparently it does. Most of the posts I’ve seen in this vein have more likes and comments than anything without, save for celebrities and major brands. If anything, it’s at least useful in reminding us the value of a good call to action. Amusing images may deserve feedback, but you get a lot more when you ask for it. Just, ya know, don’t build your social brand on pandering like a street hooker.

Some of them masquerade as serious polling tools, but it fails as any kind of useful mechanism simply because a user is far more likely to ‘Like’ something than comment. We’re bombarded with photos, jokes, and company offers, so passively scrolling down the feed and ‘Liking’ some things is a lot easier than typing, which makes whatever is choice A the clear winner in every case. Unless you’re polling between a box of malaria and free kittens, but then not everybody likes kittens.

5 Responses to More Fun Than A Bag Of Jagged Rocks

  1. Bryce August 11, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    It’s like playing the game of “I’m the cleverest guy in the room! I’ve outsmarted everyone into liking my post! Mwahahaha!”

    King of the hill, standing on a stack of zombie clicks.

  2. Marty August 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I agree with everything you said. Sometimes I think people just reply to these things because they want to feel that they’ve put their two cents in or just want to know they contributed something to what ever the article is about, with out having to actually type their thoughts.

    I’d love to know what the hell all this Hash Tag crap is about lately?????
    hash tag !!!…I grew up knowing it as the pound sign.
    has tag this…hash tag that… Even on car commercials now…??

    • Brian Watkins August 11, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      Seems that Facebook has decided to incorporate hashtags like Twitter and Instagram. Does help with searching information, but just like on Twitter people can be obnoxious with it.

  3. Jessica Lynch August 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    A lot of these posts seem like they’re mostly for fun. I think you’ve given them a lot more thought than was ever intended.

    • Bryce August 11, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Maybe that’s exactly the problem.

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