Reminder: other people can see your likes and favorites on social networking

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Stop feeding the monster known as FACEBOOK!


My goodness! Some men like to see young women in swimsuits?


Anyone on here ever tempted, before liking a comment, to look at who got there before you?

Ever been tempted to not like something because it has none? (What am I missing here?)

Ever been mad at someone for liking something they just shouldn’t have!?



Certainly number 3… generally people “liking” posts from “Britain First”.


You, sir, are a rock. Or an island. Or something :smile:

Britain first

Do you mean we sometimes get to the posts first because of the time difference? Or because we all band together and promote dull British stuff?


Tumblr too if you know the right url to enter

If you are doing product placement, which I bet a lot of these account holders are, your worth and income is tied directly to the amount of followers and likes. In a round about marketing-department-enabled way the like button for “these” kinds of accounts is the equivalent of throwing a dollar at a stripper.

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Now I’m off to :heart: some butts…


I thought that making this sort of thing visible what the point of social networking. I can like something without taking any action at all. If I click Like, it’s because I want it to be known that I like something.

Now, I’ve been “online” since the mid 90s, and this BBS is the first place I’ve ever felt really comfortable coming out of lurk-mode, so I’m not typical, I know that. But, still, what’s the point of clicking Like, if it’s not to let people know what you like? What am I missing?


That they intentionally obscure context and consequences from the user. You don’t really know who is watching, you don’t really get to control your boundaries, and the environment is under constant change that always positions you to reveal more than you expected.


I have been wondering lately if a male friend of mine is aware that all of his recent Facebook likes - all fan pages for porn sites and fetishes - are visible to everyone. It’s not that I don’t expect him to like porn; he is after all a single 28 year old male. I just don’t really need to see his particular flavors of it.

This morning was “John Smith” likes “Pantyhose and Heels” right at the top of my timeline. OK thanks. Good to know.

I’m also friends with his mother and both of his sisters, for maximum awkwardness. I’m wondering how none of them have mentioned it.


I just use the Big Data strategy - generate so many likes that no real conclusions can be derived (other than one obvious fact).

@japhroaig 126/7=18…


So I’m totally onboard with what you are saying here, and I think there is a problem. Still, something in @cleveremi’s comment resonated with me. And it’s that I think I genuinely don’t understand what people think they are doing by clicking “Like.” What does it mean to people, what’s the motivation? I’d be interested in reading some psychological studies on that.


For whatever reason, clicking Like just now brought me a whiff of existential dread. I would have appreciated it with or without clicking, but damn, I haven’t felt this kind of thing since the last time I read Sartre or Camus.


I don’t use Facebook at all any more, but I stopped liking things years ago. More to do with what Facebook was doing with them than what other users might see, though.

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I’m not sure where you are going with this because as far as I remember the general rule of the internet was, everything you put out there can and will probably be seen by everyone. So if you don’t want some creepy mid 40’s guy drooling over your sexy underage bikini pics, well don’t put it on the internet?..

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I only like posts where the number of visible characters is divisible by seven.


I genuinely don’t understand what people think they are doing by clicking “Like.” What does it mean to people, what’s the motivation? I’d be interested in reading some psychological studies on that.

I’ve heard that doing it releases little spurts of dopamine. But I’ve never searched for research on that.

For me, in a place like this that feels sort of, communal, liking comments I actually am glad got said seems like taking part in a community, by letting a member of it know that I think they’ve made a useful (or funny, or otherwise good) contribution. And sometimes, it just feels like a way of saying hi.


herd strategy?

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