25 Random Things/Faces [F]

Have you seen this?

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

It’s doing the rounds on Facebook, and I did it. No biggy really, but a fellow WordPress Blogger, “Randy Parker wrote this post, which kind of got me thinking:

Imagine getting the following chain letter-like directive and not having the requisite number of Facebook friends to carry it out. A social networking nightmare.

“25 Random Things”
a nightmare for the Facebook friendless

[above blockquote]

This is worse than dreaming that you’ve arrived at the party without your pants. Worse than being seen picking your nose in your cubicle. Worse than high school where giggly girls give you the fingernail test. You know that one, don’t you? They ask you to look at your nails and if you curl them into your palm to look at them instead of holding out the back of your hand, they deem you properly masculine. (Or is it the other way around?)

This is a social media meltdown. A Facebook faux pas.  A “low friend security” crisis.

How can you save face on Facebook?

I’m not sure. Regardless, I hope it’s not one of those bad luck things. You know, the chain letters that, if broken, wreak all kinds of havoc on your health or your bank account or your children’s children.  At the very least, it could hurt your self-esteem.  Then again, what are friends for, right?

In my view, it’s extremely insensitive to assume that someone has 25 friends. 25! That’s more than you can count on all your curled in fingers and stretched out toes.

Before you commit a random tagging, be sensitive to the friend-challenged. Reduce the number of tags they must execute. And remember, not everybody is as popular as you are. Also, believe it or not, some people actually already know 25 things about their friends and vice-versa. This, of course, is why they have so few.

Well, I guess Mr Randy Parker isn’t wrong in his views.

Here is my response:

I did the 25 random things just the other day because a girl from Michigan tagged me. I responded to her, my aunty, my friend down the road, his sister and my sister. The other 20 were made up of people I know of and randoms that of course aren’t my close friends and honestly, I doubt would even respond to me.

Why they are on my Facebook is a different topic completely. A topic that many if not all Facebookees can emote.

But this 25 random things isn’t as big a deal as you’re making it out to be. You have a point, but that point is only half true. I don’t have 25 friends in real life and I don’t care who knows.

Inhabitations are personal. I saw the “25 random things” as personal growth rather than a “shame if you don’t have 25 friends” thing.

As for Facebook, it’s a ridiculous networking forum that people are taking way too seriously. Nice post though.

[kind of the whole point to gay Facebook] I’m still confused though. Who created this random-chain-letter-thing? And is it less of a chain-letter because it asks for a little something more personal than just “pass this cursed-message on?”

Randy Parker’s Blog: COLD DRAFT / Findlay Donnan’s: 25 Random Things

~ by Fionnlagh on February 3, 2009.

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