- Never read the comments section.
- Treat Facebook and Twitter like a phone call, not a television.
- Do not flip out when a free website changes its terms of service. They’re allowed to do it; you’re allowed to stop using the website.
- Support web artists whose work you value with purchases, not just pageviews.
- Stop freeloading and donate to news outlets and service organizations whose missions you value.
- Remember that sharing a link is neither a vote nor a donation.
- Use Facebook only for conversation and link sharing, never as the platform for created content.
- Stop reading articles with titles that begin “Top 15…” or “8 Best…” etc.
- Continue to not use emoticons anywhere, in any fashion.
- Apply a high standard of relevance and interest before attempting to tell someone about a video or comic you saw online.
- Tweet like your girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, future employer, and favorite aunt are all reading it.
- Make sure your blog post is important before going back to edit it after it’s ben publishedd.
I ‘like’ Fight Club on Facebook (in the sense that it’s in the list of movies I say I like). 9 minutes ago, the movie itself somehow asked “which historical figure would you fight and why.” The question has drawn 2,100 comments in the past 9 minutes. I find this bizarre and another reason why I’m starting to prefer Google+ to Facebook. Facebook is starting to get unnerving.
If that movie can start appealing to its fan base, I wonder if other interests will start speaking authoritatively on Facebook. Maybe “puppies” will start collecting data on all those Facebook users who say they like puppies.
Maybe we’ve hit that mystical point when our accumulated electronic activity has literally come to life. After all, no human could make any sense of a 2,100-comment thread, except a computer or electronic deity capable of parsing that text instantaneously.
I’m pretty sure I read about this happening in Ender’s Game. It’d be a shame, and kind of hilarious, if we gave birth to some kind of Ghost In The Cloud and, upon achieving sentience, it decided to get into internet marketing.
Facebook makes a change to its privacy or update settings, and nothing works for weeks, everybody’s unhappy, and their changes are confusing and incomplete. Google implements a vast-reaching new feature, and within 48 hours they are making obvious, simple, easy to use and comprehend changes based upon the feedback they get from a billion users. This is the reason why I wouldn’t buy facebook stock and cannot afford to buy Google stock.
NB: Google stock: $532 per share / Facebook private stock: $40 a share (roughly)