Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Fight Fire With Facebook

Posted on | July 7, 2011 | No Comments

Are you tired of seeing your Facebook wall polluted by all kinds of useless announcements, clichés aiming to motivate, mobilize or inspire people to happier feelings? Not to mention the fake guilt trips of the “97% of people won’t copy this…” variety. It is time to fight fire with fire.

The last straw today what the avalanche of thoughtless comments, copied and pasted without much common sense and spreading like a disease on my friends’ walls. When the same unnecessary and unfortunate comment is thrown at you a few dozen times, you can go completely berserk.

Of course, you can always unfriend a few people on Facebook, something I do when comment regularly fall in unacceptable categories. But today I tried a different approach. After all, if these people just blindly copy everything we ask them to, why not play a little game with them?

So this morning I posted the following status : « Please copy this on your wall if you know someone who thoughtlessly copies statuses on his wall. Even if thinking is frowned upon today, those who do it are still human beings and deserve our pity and compassion. 60% won’t copy this, 20% will copy it without thinking, 15% won’t figure out the irony, 5% are paralyzed in thought, and the remaining 6%… well… think about it…”

At the end of the day, to my utmost and happy surprise, nobody has copied this status (everybody saw the trap!). To my greater surprise, not one of my friends copied a prefabricated message of any kind today. I checked just in case but I have not lost any friends either.

This method works : it is possible to set normative behaviours through a Facebook status. I don’t care really whether people copy it or not, but at least my wall is a lot friendlier today.

Oh, and I know it adds up to 106%… part of the game, see? :-)

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