Sometimes, here on Essentially Jess, I like to write deep and meaningful posts that will hopefully inspire people to a higher level of greatness in their lives. I probably fail dismally at it, and I’m being about 75% facetious in writing that, but at least I have a goal. 😉
This, however, is not one of those posts.
I’ve noticed something recently, and I’ve been thinking about it a little bit. It’s a very deep, philosophical question that has had me almost questioning the meaning of life. (not really.)
Why do people favourite tweets?
You’ve also been thinking the same thing haven’t you? 😉
Now the answer might seem obvious. I know when I first started on Twitter, and I had this option to ‘favourite’ tweets, I approached the opportunity with great responsibility. Favouriting a tweet was not something to be taken lightly. In fact the very name of it, suggested that you should only click that little star if you were one hundred percent committed to the wonder of the 140 characters in your feed.
Looking through my favourite list, there are so many wonderful tweets in there, that I have kept for a number of reasons.
There’s my ‘just try and be the best person you can be’ tweets.
My “it made me laugh so I had to keep it’ tweets.
My ‘inspired in my faith by the faith of others’ tweets.
My ‘how to be a better blogger’ tweets.
And my ‘when I’m down and need a pick me up to remind me I’m not as useless as I feel right now’ tweets.
So many favourites, that have all been carefully chosen from the myriad of sentences that float across my screen. It’ s a truly beautiful thing. 🙂
These days, however, things seem to be changing. I’ve noticed that more and more often people are faouriting the things I’m saying, and they are not profound, funny, inspiring or wonderful in any way. In fact, they are pretty stock, standard, boring tweets, and so I’ve been asking myself why?
And I think I have solved the problem.
I blame Facebook.
Or more accurately, I blame the like button.
Since Facebook, and, dare I say it, Instagram, it’s too easy to be a non chalant viewer who gives very little to anything, but still feel like you’re involved because you’ve hit the like button. I mean I for one, am a total like button s**t. I use it all the time!
I was explaining this to Boatman the other day, because apparently everything I like shows up on his timeline, and he things I must like a lot, and I do! I hit like for blog pages that I like and want to stay in my feed. (Hint hint people 😉 )
I hit like on things that don’t have many likes.
I hit like for friends who never get many likes.
I hit like on comments that I agree with or find humorous.
I hit like on comments I have read, just to say I read it.
I hit like occasionally on my own things if I don’t feel enough people have liked them. (Sad but true)
And then I hit like on the stuff I actually like!
That’s a whole lot of liking!
I really feel FB needs the whole double tap thing IG has, just to make my life easier.
I’ve even discovered, that the act of liking and giving minimal response, has translated to the way I speak. I say mmm all the time. A fact I only realised because Ava now says mmm, all the time.
“Would you like some lunch?”
“Have you got your shoes?”
“Did you have fun at the beach?”
I’m quite convinced is the vocal version of a like button. Minimal fuss to get the point across.
So what does this have to do with Twitter?
Well the other day I was having a conversation and somebody said something funny, and I liked it, but didn’t really have a reply. I went to hit like, because that’s what you do (or say mmm), and there is no like button! Only a favourite.
So I had no choice but to click that little star, and commit that tweet to the forever stash of my twitter profile.
And that’s when it hit me: The favourite button, has become the new like button.
What a sad, sad day for profound tweets everywhere. How now, will we ever find the actual moments that we want to remember forever? (If, you know, we had the free time to just scroll through all the things we had ever liked since we’ve been with the little blue bird.)
Sadly, to that question I don’t have the answer at all, and maybe that’s ok. Because at the end of the day, even if we have got slack with communication, a like or a favourite is the easiest way to start sharing a little more love. And like my newest favourite tweet says:
Are you a serial ‘liker’ or favouriter too?
Do you think we should be making more of an effort to respond to people on social media, instead of just hitting a button?
Do you think Facebook needs the double tap for like, like Instagram has?
Who else is now thinking like doesn’t even sound like a word any more? 🙂