Yes they do. Yes they friggin’ do.
A writer for Slate edited his birthday on Facebook multiple times in July to analyze the effect on canned b-day wishes from friends. Sixteen people wished him happy birthday on all three dates (7/11, 7/25, 7/28). One dude even wished him four happy birthdays, because he doubled up on one. Hilarious.
Titans WR Kenny Britt, whom I only know from multiple arrests this offseason, curses out the NFL commish and retires on Facebook, then claims his account was hacked. All while cheapening the value of a Rutgers education with his moronic grammar and spelling. Social media has really exposed these dopes.
Turns out people really don’t care to read others’ complaints and whines on Facebook. For me, it’s a one-way ticket to the Hide list.
I always said Facebook statuses were content, and the same rules apply as it did for blogs. Make your content interesting or entertaining, or else nobody’s gonna want to read it. And there’s nothing people want to read less about than someone’s a-hole boss, backstabbing friends they don’t know or miserable weather in another part of the country.
Trying to rid the world of bad status updates, one cryptic message at a time. This must’ve been written before people insisted we copy and paste if we’ve ever had a mother, sister or daughter in our lives. Unless you’re a Fraggle, it ain’t the most unique situation.
If you’ve switched to the new Facebook profile style, you might be interested in an app called PicScatter that allows you to break up one large image into a bunch of small ones, as creative folks like Alexandre Oudin did last week. (Of course, if everyone does this now, it won’t be cool for long.)
I saw this book at the library and had to chuckle at how fleeting Internet success is, even for the giants. I’m pretty sure MySpace was never really “the most popular website in America,” but it was a kingpin of social media.
This is quite the telling quote from the author on the book’s Amazon page:
Still, as it grew, MySpace’s lack of tech savvy has been its Achilles Heel. Today, MySpace is being forced to play technological catch-up to rival social networking site, Facebook, and it’s not clear if it will succeed.
The book was published only last year, but it’s way clear that Facebook has crushed MySpace. So let that be a lesson. If you aspire to run America’s most popular website, try to make tech savvy a priority.