It is widely known that there are as many arguments for as there are against technology and its effects on our psychology. There are those who believe that technology alienates us from one another, while others believe that it brings people together. Some of these arguments are scientifically supported, some are the result of personal observations, and others are just opinions.
I am definitely not willing to draw any definite conclusions on the issue of technology and people’s psychology. Recently, though, I have come across a very interesting fact that I would like to share: social media experts encourage people to press the like button on their own Facebook updates, pics, etc. in order for the specific update, pic, etc. to reach a wider audience.
(Image taken from: http://cultureslurp.com/how-to-add-facebook-like-button-like-box-for-different-languages/)
Rick Rouse writes the following about Facebook: “Under the new ‘Edge Rank’ system, friends that don’t “Like” and comment on your posts usually stop seeing them altogether before too long. In order to compensate for not showing your posts in some of your friends’ news feeds, Facebook added the ticker – a box in the right-hand column that lists the activities of your friends as they happen. This is where ‘Liking’ your own posts comes into play. When you ‘Like’ a post, that action is noted in your friends’ ticker boxes, giving them a chance to at least be made aware that you have posted something even if it doesn’t show up in their news feeds.” (Click here to read the rest of the article)
On the one hand, this is a weird thing to do, isn’t it?. I can even imagine my friends’ reaction to a notification that reads, “Angelos Bollas liked Angelos Bollas’ update.” There are also many blog posts that discuss the ‘silliness’ of such an action.
On the other hand, though, there is a great lesson for us, to learn: If you want others to take notice of you, you must like yourself first. Isn’t that something? I don’t know whether I’ll start liking my own posts or not – well, I won’t – but this is a great approach to life, real or virtual.