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Why I liked (or didn’t like) your post

“Did you see that picture I posted yesterday?  Why didn’t you like it?”  While nobody has asked me that for a while, I overhear other people, students in particular, ask each other that.  So, I occasionally wonder if my friends are curious why I like one post or not another.  After some pondering, I figure they probably don’t care, and I move on.  Then, I read this:

Meet the Algorithm That Can Predict Your Photo’s Popularity Before You Post It

So, I thought, what the heck,  I could give you a tiny peek into my own little mind on this…

Whether it is on Facebook or Instagram, some people like just about everything everyone posts.  They must be fairly happy with life, and like pretty much anything they see.  I admit that I appreciate these people because I know they see what I post and they care enough to acknowledge it.

A lot of people never like anything.  They lurk in the shadows of the social networking world, like the Internet is a spectator sport.  I kind of wish these people would jump in the game and participate already!

As for myself, I prefer to lie somewhere in the middle.  I tend to like a post or picture if, well, I really like it.  However, those that know me also know that I over-analyze everything.  So, there are some rules:

  1. If you post a picture of yourself doing something interesting, and I can see your face, then I am more likely to like it, just as the article above says.  After all, I follow you to see you.  Not your food, not the world around you, but YOU.
  2. However, if you post a picture of yourself in anything less than a T-shirt and shorts, then I won’t “like” your picture.  While I would have the best intentions of letting you know that I think you are beautiful inside and out, not everyone might interpret my like quite the way I meant it.
  3. I really like some general subjects.  If you post anything to do with loving God or camping with Scouts, then I will probably like your post.
  4. I really don’t care for other subjects.  If you post a picture of your pet or anything related to sports, then I will probably just keep on scrolling.  You might have the most adorable cat in the world, but it’s still a cat, and I don’t care.
  5. I will admit that I am a bit biased.  If you are a family member or really close friend, then I will probably like your post no matter what.
  6. If your post has any content that could be considered Rated R, then I won’t “like” your post.  I volunteer with youth, and I don’t need to draw attention to anything questionable.

So, I guess that about covers it.  I can’t help but wonder, do you have rules for liking posts or pictures?  Or, do you just go with what you feel at the time?

Youth and Facebook

facebookOne hot topic these days is if and when a youth should have a Facebook account.  Some parents start a Facebook profile for their child practically from the day he or she is born, or at least let their child have a Facebook account well before the allowed age of 13.  Other parents refuse to let their high school teenager have a Facebook account until he or she turns 18.  Of course, every parent is entitled to his or her own rules.  And, I have my own opinions, which lay somewhere in the middle of the extremes, for those interested…

I believe that any child under the age of 13 years old should not have a Facebook account.  Before I go on, I know some youth under 13 that have Facebook accounts, and I’m even Facebook friends with some of them.  I don’t feel so strongly about this that I think any less of them or don’t want to be their Facebook friend.  But, when it comes to our own children, we make them wait until they turn 13 before they can get a Facebook account.  My first reason is that is Facebook’s rule.  You can argue about how stupid it is, but it’s their Web site, so they get to make the rules.  And, if you study a little Internet law, you’ll realize that it’s not so stupid.  If a Web site lets children under 13 on its site, then it has to obey a lot more laws that would make life ridiculous for them and the rest of us  My second reason for making them wait until they turn 13 is that the only way to break Facebook’s rule is to lie about their age.  You can twist and turn it anyway you like, but the fact is that they have to LIE about their birthday.  We teach our children to be trustworthy and honest, and this issue does not seem to warrant straying from that.  Quite the opposite, since their birthday is a key part of their identity, lying about their birthday is essentially identity fraud, and that’s not among the skill sets that we deem important to teach our children.  My last reason for making our children wait until 13 is that some stuff on Facebook is just not appropriate for younger children.  While most of my friends keep it clean, I have some friends that curse and discuss topics that my pre-teens don’t really need to see just quite yet.

With all of that said, I think every teenager should get a Facebook account on their 13th birthday.  Even if they don’t want one, they should be strongly encouraged to get one.  Social networking is the new norm for communication.  Remember how, some years ago, you found it really annoying if someone didn’t have an e-mail address?  That meant you actually had to (*gasp*) call him on the phone!  And, to be honest, most of us never bothered to call.  We figured if he didn’t care enough to stay up with the times and get an e-mail address, then he just got left behind.  Well, that’s pretty much how it is with Facebook now.  In fact, I recently handled two events just like that.  I was planning the events, so I created Facebook events, and I invited all of my appropriate Facebook friends.  For those not on Facebook, do you think I took the time look up their e-mail addresses and contact them individually? Nope, they just got left out. I know some parents are scared of their youth getting on Facebook or other social networking sites.  They hear horror stories about youth getting abducted and whatnot.  Sure, you have to be careful, set boundaries, and monitor what they do.  But, keeping them off Facebook because it’s not completely safe is like saying you’ll never let them drive because that’s not entirely safe.  And, to be honest, being on Facebook is probably a lot less dangerous than driving.  Of course, if you’re of those few crazy people that Facebook while driving, well that’s a whole other post.  The real point is that it’s probably more dangerous not to be Facebook and similar sites than it is to be on, as you will be left out and left behind, especially as social networking continues to grow as the norm for communication.

Again, this is just my opinion.  Feel free to comment with yours.