Tag Archives: Like Buttons

When In Doubt, Peanut M&M’s

This is purely a scientific test.

This afternoon, I posted “When in doubt Peanut M&M’s” as my FB status. In less than two hours, I had 12 Likes and the following suggestions:

  • Lindt
  • Peanut Butter M&M’s
  • Chocolate M&M’s
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut
  • Dark Chocoalate . . . in the freezer

Since I am taking the coming week off to work on my novel(s), I suspect the main impact of this flurry of suggestions will be to help me fill out the bad portion of my Brain Food, Bad Food, Beer, and think like a bachelor novelist grocery shopping list.

That said, two days ago I made a post exploring next steps for the writing process as opposed to the junk food eating portion of the coming week. At the end of said post, I welcomed feedback and even though about 20 people have read it so far, no comments. So I am wondering whether my junk food shopping list or suggestions for my writing process list will fill faster.

Change

What would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?

(First I must give credit where it’s due.  See below.)

“I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man.  I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.”*

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a cat fan, but I do see the trend of animal, cutesy and kid pictures on FB.  I also must admit that when I took my son to the dentist today he put on a pair of sunglasses (to protect his eyes from the extreme glare of the exam light) and there was something that just gave me a chuckle about the pose he struck reclined, arms crossed on his Scooby Doo shirt, with the glasses Blues Brothers glasses on.  So I snapped a picture and posted it.  It’s up to eight Likes as I the write this.

Ok back to the main point, I appreciate the wittiness and mild cynical tone.  Hell, I wish I had thought of this answer, but I’m much too, hmmm, straight-laced doesn’t sound quite right because people regularly describe me as witty and I have a cynical affect at times.  Perhaps it’s the subject?  Something so serious as time travel or social shift across a half century makes me seriously pensive.  Instead of going cynical I first reflect on how the device in my pocket is readily used primarily for communication and secondarily for entertainment.

The whole universe of human knowledge bit does seem a bit lost on me.  That said, I have had a number of conversations with colleagues about how readily we have shifted into a mode of, have a question & instantly seek the answer.  I must admit I like that, even if most of the questions are mundane.  I also find it interesting how quickly our children have adapted to this, “Google it” mentality.  Fundamentally not really for the worse, although my son does seem to complain up a storm when I try to get him to use a paper dictionary.  I don’t think it’s because it’s paper (he likes to read paper books), so much as it just seems too labor intensive to him and maybe that’s the downside of this instant access to information era?

OK, so this is a fun question that has me spinning in several different directions.  (First list on my blog, I don’t know if they’ll be a regular feature yet but I do like to make lists! J)

  1. How would my parents answer this question (I’ve asked and we shall see)?
  2. How would I answer this question (I’m toying with it)?
  3. Hmm, even how might my son answer it?  I’ll ask him tomorrow.
  4. What would the search history on my phone reveal?
  5. What do I use FB for and is it actually good for anything?
  6. Do I get in random arguments with strangers because of social networking?  If so, why?  If not, why not?
  7. Hmm, what am I missing?

How would you answer the question?

*This quote appears to come from someone on Reddit with the handle nuseramed.  From there it went to No Hope for the Human Race and then to FaceBook, where one of my random friends made it possible for me to find.

I Aspire to No “Like” Buttons

I was reading an article on Scalzi’s blog yesterday (this one about teens writing sucking, if you’re curious) and I really wanted to hit the “Like” button at the end because, well, I liked it.  I liked it not just because of the fatherly advice that I can relate to as a 40 year-old father, but also because of the been-there-done-that of the know-it-all easily defensive teenage writer.  🙂  Here’s the thing, there’s no “Like” button!  (The exclamation point was for emphasis, did you like it?)

I scrolled up and down, but couldn’t find it.  Then it occured to me that there are at least two reasons for this.  The first thought that I had was that being a writer, Scalzi would prefer that people actually “write” a comment on his site.  He’s crafty that way (and I like it).  The second is that being an established writer he has no time to trifle with the whole if you hit Like on my site, I’ll pop over to your site and hit Like teenagesque promotion of readership.  Of course the third thought I had was that when Scalzi started blogging in the last century (or thereabouts) that they hadn’t yet invented the Like button.  Although that thought is more humorous it’s less interesting to blog about.

So getting back to my trifle . . . wouldn’t it be great to not have Like buttons on my site?  It would perhaps force me to build a readership the old fashioned way – actually create interesting content that people read and recommend to a friend (the teenager in me says “screw that!”).  Or, generate meaningful dialogue through comments (shockingly my teenager wants to rear his defensive head on this one as well).  Being occasionally bombastic and argumentative, I like my second idea.  Although to this point my only successful excursion down this road involved taunting a friend onto my site for a comment, after bribing her to read my novel with the promise of free food (writers love free food!).  Methinks I need more friends or a dinner party with a buffet.  What say you?