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25 things.

January 29, 2009

Seems there’s this new Facebook meme called 25 Things making the rounds. You post 25 Things (random or not) about yourself and then tag 25 friends in a Facebook note. Those friends should then do the same, and around it goes. This kind of Internet meme are the new version of chain letters. Usually I like these memes; it’s interesting to see what people have to say. Sadly there’s no common thread in 25 Things other than the amount of information you share. And really, 25 statements is a lot to ask for without any guidance. In other words, there’s more of a chance that I’ll be reading through inane facts, rather than stimulating thoughts.

I heard about it from three separate sources this afternoon, surprisingly none of them were Facebook. It’s strange that this meme has quickly moved off its original medium and into blogs or tumblrs, but the memes started in those areas never move into Facebook. Perhaps Facebook doesn’t foster the same kind of interactive community that other social media sites do. Perhaps it’s just easier to reach a bunch of people with a broadcasting medium rather than a social networking site. Perhaps all the requests, invites, and tagging on Facebook makes people want to ignore all of it. Or perhaps, my friends know better than to tag me in an meme that I wouldn’t participate in.

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