Look…I work in website design. I understand “social media” as much as any socially incompetent, RPG-playing, XKCD-following, yes-I-have-a-Spock-fetish girl can possibly be expected to. But, can we be honest here? I am flummoxed by the ‘I like it” phenomenon.
I think we can blame Facebook for this one, but it’s spawned well beyond the realms of that bubonic plague of a website. The “tell me you like this” plea is everywhere, and I have no idea what I am supposed to do with it. The words do not mean what they would otherwise seem to mean. In the case of Stumbleupon, especially, a “like” will alter my future stumbling experience, it will also ensure that a site shows up on my “liked” list for anyone to see. But whether I actually Liked it or not (as an emotional response, you understand) is only one tiny part of the equation. What would Amy Vanderbilt do? * Continue reading