I’ve been on Facebook for several years now – back when you had to have a valid college email address to sign up, and even before you could upload pictures and all that jazz. Admittedly, I’ve always been rather averse to the countless games and apps on there, mostly because I have better things to do with my time. I normally don’t judge those folks who do enjoy the apps and games, though. After all, it’s your life, you live it however you want to. However, there is one thing lately that’s just really bothering me.
Check out this screen capture. Do you see that top right corner? Yes, Facebook is informing me of three things here. First, that they’ve checked out my profile, and have a suggestion for me. Second, that suggestion was accepted by 2 of my friends, thus far. Third, that I, too, can become a fan of Hot Pink.
Once you click through, it gets even more stupid. Sure, you can join this….group, and see other people who think Hot Pink is just the bee’s knees. There’s a wall, just like on your own Facebook profile, but usually this is either full of spam, or of pointless stuff like, ‘I won my first basketball game yesterday’.
Perhaps, at 26, I’m simply getting too old for this stuff (only partially kidding), or perhaps I just have better things to do with my time. Surely I’m not the only one who thinks this is the dumbest thing they’ve ever seen? I’ve seen other things you can become a fan of – things like smiles, coffee (tempted to join that one, actually), the sun, peach tea, etc.
Am I missing the point by looking for a purpose for these things?