Social Media

Social Media is Really Fucking Stupid These Days

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About a month ago I heard about a site called Who Unfollowed Me. Once you log in with Twitter, this site will show you who has unfollowed you on the service. I logged in and saw my list of recent unfollowers. It was a mix of the following:

  • Authors who thought “oh he’s a librarian I’ll try to sell him that book that I published on Amazon” and then discovered I wasn’t that kind of librarian.
  • Librarians who haven’t used Twitter in months-years.
  • Other random people who don’t fit into a neat and tidy category.

The site also had an option to tweet about how you found out who unfollowed you on Twitter. All in all, these two things got me thinking about social media, ego, and all that kind of jazz. I came up with this. WHO GIVES A FUCK.

The amount of followers a person has, their “social influence” and their reach? I think it is all a bunch of crap. It doesn’t matter all that much. And it sure isn’t a badge of honor that a person should wear around. Big on Twitter? That’s great. Huge on Instagram? Wow, you are amazing. Actually not really. None of this matters that much in the long run. It’s just a bunch of numbers that give the user and others in their community an inflated social media ego. It’s a bragging right that doesn’t need to be a bragging right.

The other thing that struck me (the option to tweet about how you found out who unfollowed you) was just how rude we can be to each other. Why would someone want to put this out into the world? “Hey, I found out that you unfollowed me. Here’s something to make you feel bad.” I don’t get this. But this is something that I see on social media these days; rage, anger, and the idea that one always had to get in the last word. It’s like we’re living in a social media time loop where something happens, followed by another thing, followed by this and then that. We usually get Saturday and Sunday off to forget about the hot topic of the moment and wait until Monday to start up on something else (see this for a perfect example of the social media time loop idea). It doesn’t seem to end these days.

I like the internet a lot. I like social media. I really like talking to friends that I don’t get to see everyday. This damn thing connects us and that is great! I love it! But recently, I think we’re stuck in a rut. We should all take a step back and think about how we’re using the internet and how we view ourselves and each other on the internet. Let’s deflate our egos a bit. Let’s calm down and not get so angry. Why so serious? Let’s dance for a bit. Wait a second. I have a fantastic song.

THIS is why I love the internet.

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9 thoughts on “Social Media is Really Fucking Stupid These Days”

  1. That unfollowers thing is useful, depending on how you use it. Think organizationally for a sec. If you watch for the number of unfollowers, you can look back and try to discern why they unfollowed you. Then it’s a training opportunity for the staff who post to social media.

    Also useful to know just so you can clear out your own non-followers and have a tidy list of actual people to interact with.

    Just a different perspective on those unfollower lists!

  2. Justin do not sweat the small stuff! That site is for organizations. Let it go. Worry about the things you can change! Your new library and what it has to offer and your beautiful family. Life is for living enjoy, love, laugh and laugh some more. Peace

  3. Agreed – the average Twitter user (aka, not a business entity) should not be so concerned with follower count as everyone seems to be. If you judge your Twitter worth on your follower count, you might also be the type to include #follow4follow in your bio, and what’s the point of having thousands of “friends” if none of them actually listens or interacts with you?

  4. Thank you! There is someone else out there who thinks the same thing about social media as I do! I use to have Facebook and Google +, but then I said “screw it, too much drama and too many thots….! Most social media sites today are a waste of time!

  5. THANK YOU I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks social media needs to die and is a mega waste of time. Honest to god who the fuck cares?! If there was a I don’t give a fuck button I would write a bot to go across facebook just to click on every single post.

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