OK, I’m a crank: I really don’t like Facebook. But one of the things I hate about it is how all up-in-arms people get about nothing.
Today, I got Yet Another “invitation” to join a group to protest Facebook’s plans to start charging for using the service — the variant I got was “NO! I WILL NOT PAY $3.99/MONTH TO USE FACEBOOK STARTING JULY 9, 2010! JOIN.”
It doesn’t matter that Facebook says they’re not going to charge (since it would be idiotic for them to do so!), and it doesn’t matter how many times it’s been shown to be an urban legend, people have to get all excited about it and “protest.”
Among the other stupid/great causes (depending on your point of view) there include:
- “1,000,000 Strong for Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)”, which has not a million, but — as of this writing — 17,643 “fans” or people who agree.
- “We can find 1,000,000 people who DO believe in Evolution before June” with 374,609, which is handily beating out “we can find 1,000,000 people who don’t believe in Evolution befor June” (sic) with 163,916.
- “I Bet I Can Find 1,000,000 People Who Believe In Gay Rights” with 34,339.
- “I bet The United States can get 10 million fans before any other country!!!”, which so far has only found 155,309 people not rolling their eyes to join.
- And multiple “I BET [some sports team or school] CAN FIND 100,000 FANS BEFORE [some other sports team or school] CAN!” — not one of which that I saw had anywhere near that many fans.
There are pages that are for and against Obama, Republicans, health care reform, Tiger Woods, and any other cause you may wish to froth at the mouth over, pro or con.
And what does it all do? Why, nothing, of course!
Thus, I came up with my own Facebook protest group: It Doesn’t Matter How Many Fans You Get, It Won’t Matter At All. Note I wasn’t so foolish as to specify how many fans I “bet” I could get. After all, whether I get 10 or 10 million, It Won’t Matter At All!
But at least it makes a statement to the various fomenters: We just don’t care about your protest, even if we agree with it, because that’s not the way things get done!
But pretty much, I’m doing mine to get a laugh. If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll join. I’m not planning any rallies, marches, protests, petitions, grievances, signature drives, political action, or even any terribly meaningful postings to the group. But hey: I’m having fun with it!
Whatever your cause, as I say in the group’s logo: “Good Luck With That”.
And hey, don’t get me wrong: I’m not against “fan pages” on Facebook. They’re a lovely way to communicate with a group of people, and I have couple. But joining a page as a “protest” just “won’t matter” if you don’t do anything about what you’re protesting. Putting up a page isn’t doing something — nor is Liking a do-nothing page.
My “real” Facebook pages:
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Once I made my point — and gathered many hundreds of “Likes” — I shut the page down, so of course there’s no longer a link. The point was made. -rc