I’ve been married for 16 years, but I remember what it was like being single, so I enjoyed this post about dating from The High-Heeled Papergirl.
So I hit the little heart button underneath. Because I’m a simple man, I just thought I’d be expressing to the writer my appreciation for her efforts (I also commented on it.)
But no …
“These digital showrooms allow people to present the best version of themselves for everyone else to see. Often, people use the number of likes to judge others and themselves. That little heart-shaped button becomes a publicly quantifiable measure of social support.
According to this research, the “like” button works as a “mechanism to compare oneself with others.” The number of “likes,” make social support quantifiable. It can then be easily viewed for making social comparisons.” — A. Trevor Sutton, “Why Twitter’s cute, heart-shaped ‘like’ button is not so harmless,” The Conversation
I would hope anyone whose stuff I “like” does see it as a measure of support … because that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Under the right circumstances, I also hope it leads to a sort of bond, as the article also points out (although not a dating one), in that we find what the other has to say enjoyable and worthy of continued reading.
And I’m definitely pleased with myself if something I write gets a lot of “likes.” Of course, for me, that’s maybe 10, so if I make comparisons to others based on how many I get, I’m in trouble.
Sometimes a “like” is just a “like.”
But then again, because I’m a simple man, when I retweet, it actually is an endorsement. None of this “I disagree with what this writer is saying, but I’m going to share it with all of you because I find it worthy of your attention and discussion.”
I don’t hate-read, hate-listen or hate-watch, so why would I subject others to that?
Well, maybe I hate-read once in a while …
And because I’m a simple man, if I make an error in the writing of a Twitter post, I would like to have some way of correcting it without deleting it and starting over … an “edit” function, if you will …
But apparently that’s another nice thing we just can’t have.
“We got a partial explanation last fall from Kevin Weil, then the company’s head of product, who said at a Recode conference in October that nothing was imminent. “There are real challenges to editing tweets after you post them,” he said. For instance, an edit that changes the meaning of a tweet could present problems for those who had rebroadcast it, because their commentary around it might no longer make sense. In the worst case, a user could theoretically tweet something benign, get it circulated widely, then change it to something offensive or graphic.” — Will Oreums, “Why Twitter Won’t Give Us an Edit Button,” Slate
Seriously, all I want to do is fix typos, and I can’t because there are people who might go back and change the Tweet I liked or retweeted — since, after all, I’m using it to show my appreciation and/or endorse it — to pro-Nazi propaganda or something like that?
Who are these people?
Seriously, who the duck are these ducking people?