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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Facebook - The Ego Booster

Facebook.
As long as you are tech savvy enough to come read my blog, I think you should know what Facebook is all about by now.

I was just browsing through mine and the following thoughts hit me.

There is a "Like" button when you post videos, pictures and status updates. What about a "Hate" or "Dislike" button? This must be on purpose that Facebook has not developed a "Dislike" or "Hate" button - as yet, at least as of now. I'll tell you why.

How the "Like" button serves Facebook users like us on a personal level:
  • IT BOOSTS OUR EGO. IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD WHEN SOMEBODY "LIKE" IT, DOESN'T IT? IN FACT, THE MORE THE MERRIER!!
  • WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR A RESPONSE. A POSITIVE RESPONSE. AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SORTS.
  • WE WANT A POSITIVE SECOND "OPINION" TO ENCOURAGE US TO DO THINGS AGAIN AND AGAIN. WE JUST WANT TO GARNER A FORM OF SUPPORT BETWEEN FRIENDS - (including the supposedly "friends" in your Friends List).
You see, if there is a dislike/hate button, your ego will burst and fall into pieces as you'll no longer get POSITIVE-ONLY opinions. Friends in your list will start to "dislike/hate" the video, picture or status update that you just posted up if they decide to be frank (or even cheeky). You'll feel like a total shitling and probably hide yourself in your room - literally. You'll probably have withdrawal symptoms.

What withdrawal symptoms?
You'll slowly refrain from posting videos, status updates and even pictures of yourselves for fear of being marked as "dislike/hate". Bubbles burst. You thought you looked gorgeous in that cutesy pose where you sucked your tummy in, face tilted slightly to the left, gave the best pout of your life and stretched your eyes wide open with fake eyelashes (topped with extension fibres & mascara)......... of which looked really WOW to the proud beaming you but within mere seconds of posting that "gorgeous" picture up, someone clicks "Dislike/Hate" - and you get more than one of it. Awwwww...... I hear the fallen pieces of a broken-hearted.

No? You won't feel like this????? Sure???!!!! You liar, your pants are gonna be on fire!! Hmpf.

You see, the truth always hurts. You just can't handle the truth, can you? Duh. =P

Nevertheless,
I've always believed that Facebook is a great marketing tool. Good for business and I'm definitely making use of it in future. It's a good way to test for "market response" from your own list of friends, really. Who else is in a better position to tell you what sucks and what doesn't - unless your "friends" plan to fool you.

Sure, there's the hoohaa about privacy policy which people are concerned with right now as we all get to know more information of the co-founder cum CEO of Facebook - Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. My advise? Take responsibility for whatever you post online - even if it's not on Facebook. You should know by now that whatever you post online has its own potential dangers. Hence, post only whatever you are willing to compromise, otherwise please do not blindly follow the trend. If you don't want people to know what you are up to, then don't even type it. If you don't want pictures of you to be leaked, then don't even post it online. Keep it to yourself and share pictures via the old-school method - use a thumbdrive or something. I believe you get what I mean, yea?

Take responsibility for your actions online. Don't blame Facebook, blame yourself.

PS: Do expect an upcoming movie to be released sometime in October 2010 about the founding of Facebook. It is entitled "The Social Network".

For a moment after I re-read this post, I thought I sounded like a Facebook spokesperson hahaha! Noooo, I'm not! =D

Related post:
Where is my Privacy, Facebook?
Loves,
With lots of sweets & chocolates.

3 comments:

J said...

very true eh....like nuffnang innit, you never get nanged...you'll feel demotivated already..:D

J said...

very true eh....like nuffnang innit, you never get nanged...you'll feel demotivated already..:D

kenwooi said...

hmm.. i dont bother much about the "like" on FB.. if got people like then okay lor.. =P

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